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Homemade meat sauce in a silver pot with a wooden spoon.
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Homemade Meat Sauce

The BEST Homemade Meat Sauce has both beef and Italian sausage. It's perfect in lasagna or on spaghetti, and it comes together with easy pantry ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 155kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef and/or ground Italian sausage (I like to use one pound of each)
  • 1 medium onion chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or to taste (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add beef, sausage, and onion and cook until mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain if desired. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, fennel seeds, and bay leaf. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper). Yield: 2 quarts of sauce.

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Notes

Add sugar to taste. For some, that means omitting it entirely. For others, you can increase the sugar up to 1/4 cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg