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Ribs and Tomato sauce

This one pot wonder creates two meals in one: tasty dlow cooked ribs and a delicious tomato sauce that can be used in pasta and other things.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs


  • Raosting pan
  • Wire rack
  • Pot for pasta


  • 2 racks pork ribs
  • 1 onion red or brown
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 big bunch basil finely chopped
  • 2 bottles passata
  • BBQ sauce for brushing onto ribs
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 handful fresh oregano finely chopped (or use a decent sprinkling of dried)


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees fan forced. Finely dice your onion, your bunch of basil and mince the garlic ready for frying off
  • Into a heavy based roasting pan drizzle in some olive oil and then brown off the ribs on both sides to get a little colour and then set aside
  • Into the same pan you've just browned the ribs in, fry off the onion, garlic and basil until translucent, add in the tomato passata and then let bubble for a min or two.
  • Add in the ribs into the sauce (I wedged them right down so they were covered in sauce) cover tightly with foil and place into the oven for 1.5-2 hours
  • When the ribs have cooked for between 1.5 to two hours take them out of the sauce and place them onto a rack. Cover with some good quality BBQ and place them back into the oven to brown. You can crank that heat up a little
  • We cooked some pasta and served the ribs with the pasta which made my almost veggo daughter happy (she did manage a few ribs though, who can resist) and the other girls LOVED that pasta sauce. As I said I have extras for pizza bases tomorrow night but it could be used as a better and more complex tomato sauce in any recipe that calls for it