Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

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We eat lots of homemade meat sauce in our house.

I use it with pasta, quinoa or rice. It’s versatile and superior to anything in a jar.

Once you learn how to make a simple and delicious meat sauce, you’ll never go back!

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

In the winter I load the sauce with hot spices and garlic to ward of the flu-debil; gotta keep us upright and fever-free.

New cooks can be intimidated making a homemade meat sauce, opting for the jarred variety, but I’m here to tell you it’s easy, my babies.


Check it:

Start by chopping an onion and mincing some garlic:

Easy Homemade Meat Sauce

Put a little oil in a pot over a medium flame and throw in a chub of lean meat (one pound).

I typically use turkey, but use whatever you love.

Easy Homemade Meat Sauce

Open some tomatoes while the meat is browning:

Easy Homemade Meat Sauce

Brown the meat:

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

Thoroughly. You don’t not want to see any pink when it’s done:

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

Next, add the onions and saute lightly by stirring over a medium flame:

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

Lightly = the onions are still a bit crunchy, but not fully translucent:

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

Next up: garlic. Stir until lightly browned, being careful not to burn:

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

Once the onions and garlic are cooked through, dump in the spicy tomatoes and stir until mixed:

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!

Lastly, add the rest of your tomatoes, followed by spices/seasonings.

Combine well, reduce heat and simmer on low for 10 minutes:

Want a Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce? This!


Simple and Delicious Meat Sauce


1 tbsp olive oil

1 pound of lean ground meat

1 large chopped onion

3-5 cloves minced garlic

1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies

2 15 ounce cans crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp sugar (1)

Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste.(2)


Heat olive oil over medium heat in pot.

Add meat and cook until there is no more visible pink.

Add chopped onion into meat mixture, stirring until semi-translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

Add minced garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more, being careful not to burn. If heat is too high, turn to low.

Once onions and garlic are cooked, add crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes with green chilies.

Stir well and reduce heat.

Add tbsp of sugar.

Stir to combine and let simmer for 10 minutes over low heat.

Add seasonings.

Ready to eat!


For New Cooks

(1) The sugar is used to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Do not omit.

(2) I typically use 2 tsp. of Kosher salt, 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper and whatever other spices jumps out at me from the rack. Mix it up and try new thangs. DO IT!

Happy saucin’, y’all!

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  1. That looks delightful! One of my fav cooks to watch is Lydia Bastianich. Through her I was inspired to make my own marinara. The secret ingredient is a bit of anchovy and some anchovy oil. I also use crush tomatoes and plenty of garlic. No one realizes there is anchovy in there and the sauce is really rich and wonderful. Adding ground turkey to it for a meal would make it just right!

  2. I tried this recipe tonight. It’s is by far one of the easiest and delicious meat sauce that I’ve ever tried. This is my new GO TO SAUCE.

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