Homemade  Spaghetti  Meat  Sauce

The best Homemade Meat Sauce is hearty, thick and easy to make! It uses a combination of lean ground beef and turkey plus pantry staples. Then use with family favorites like lasagna and spaghetti.

Ground beef and turkey Onion Garlic Oregano, basil and thyme Cinnamon Salt and pepper Bay leaves Olive oil Balsamic vinegar Maple syrup or honey Diced tomatoes Tomato sauce Tomato paste Parmesan cheese Whole grain pasta (for serving)

Ingredients You Need

Cook ground meat in a hot cast iron pot or large dutch oven over medium heat breaking and stirring with spatula constantly. Takes about 5 minutes.


Add onion, garlic and dried seasonings. Please note onion doesn’t need to brown but herbs benefit from high heat to release maximum flavors.


Add canned tomatoes and liquid seasonings. Stir, cover and cook on low-medium heat for about 30 minutes. Covering the pot prevents red splatters all over the stove.


To thicken meat sauce: Open the lid a little bit to the side and cook for 15 minutes. Moisture will evaporate making perfect hearty and thick meat sauce.


Stir and serve hot over whole grain spaghetti or any tubular pasta, garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.



Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze up to 3 months.

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