Easy Meat Sauce

Easy Meat Sauce

Homemade Marinara Meat Sauce is so much easier to make than you think. It will beat a store bought one any day of the week. My sister gave me a starter recipe a few years ago at my husband’s request, but I have had to change it up a bit to suit the tastes of my family. You will notice that there is no onion in this recipe. That’s one of the changes. If you like onion, throw some chopped onion in when you are sautéing the garlic. You can mix up the sauce however you like to fit your family’s tastes!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 15 min; Cook Time – 1 1/2 hours


2 T. olive oil
6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
2 29 oz. cans tomato sauce (I use Hunts)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparing Marinara Meat Sauce:

In large pot or dutch oven, saute garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Add beef and brown completely. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain. Return to pot and add sauce and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Simmer and cover for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar, basil and oregano. Simmer for an additional hour.

Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Important Tips:

About a half hour after you have added the sugar, basil, and oregano, taste the sauce. If you like it sweeter, add a bit more sugar. If you want more spice, add some more basil or oregano. If want to kick it up, throw in some crushed red pepper.

Meal Ideas:

I serve this meat sauce over spaghetti and a side salad.

Got Leftovers?:

This recipe for marinara meat sauce makes a lot of sauce on purpose. I take out what I will need for the upcoming meal and then freeze the rest in ziploc bags in meal size portions.

Wow! This is a super easy recipe. Maybe I just over complicate everything I do. – Melissa

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