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recipe: homemade meat sauce

There’s just something about making pasta sauce from scratch that makes it taste a little better. Maybe it’s psychological or maybe it’s just the bragging rights. But no matter what it’s something I enjoy making. The recipe I use isn’t complicated or particularly special, in fact it’s pretty basic. Which I like because I am able to add things or modify them to your own taste.

Homemade Meat Sauce


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 29 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 29 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tsp oregano (feel free to modify spices here– I used what I had lying around)
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


Open the cans of tomato sauce, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes into a large pot. Heat over low to medium-low heat.

In the meantime, heat the olive oil and half the garlic in a pan. Add in the onions and cook until transparent (approximately 5 minutes). Add them to the sauce.

Next sprinkle the ground beef with half of your spice mix and the remaining garlic. Brown the beef in the pan you used for the onions to absorb additional flavor. Once browned, add the meat and garlic mixture to the large pot. Also add in the remaining half of the spices.

Simmer for about 15 minutes to let the flavors fully combine.

Some additional ideas to add more flavor to the sauce

  • Use sausage (or turkey sausage) to add additional depth of flavor
  • Add some crushed red pepper to the sauce to add some heat
  • Add in mushrooms, peppers, or your other favorite vegetables

What else do you add to your pasta sauce? What are some of your favorite recipes using pasta sauce?


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