The Secret to My Sauce

Secret to my SauceImade pizza topped with homemade sauce for my friend and agent extraordinaire Joy Tutela the last Winter.

It was a real compliment when she told me it tasted exactly like her Aunt’s famous Italian sauce. Every time I tell people about “the secret ingredient” – a pork chop – they seem to be surprised.

Adding a piece of meat on the bone to your sauce is an old home-cooking secret to getting tons of rich flavor into a sauce that is made primarily with vegetables. I use a trimmed pork chop on the bone to achieve that same rich flavor without drastically increasing fat content.

Shred meat from chop after cooking and for a topping on home-made pizzas, filling quesadillas, or as an alternative to ground turkey or beef tacos.

Below you find my version of tomato sauce, but I’d love to know your ideas: What’s your secret trick to get more flavor into your dishes? Just post your tips in the comment section below…



  1. My mom, who also added meat to make her amazingly, famous and delicious sauce – always added a pinch of sugar to cut down on the tang of the sauce. But remember, a little goes a long way!

    • I agree that a pinch of sugar is a must. But my “secret” is fennel seed which would complement the pork chop beautifully!

  2. Fennel seed? Yum!

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