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Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce

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This Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce is perfect over your favorite pasta. Crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato paste, fire roasted tomatoes, spices, Italian sausage, and beef slow simmered for hours to create the most delicious, rich, meaty sauce you’ve ever made.

The Best Homemade Meat Sauce with spaghetti on a white plate.

Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Take spaghetti night to the next level! This Spaghetti Meat Sauce can be done in as little as 90 minutes, simmering while you prepare the rest of your dinner, or you can let it cook for up to four hours which allows the meat to get extra tender and the flavors of the sauce to intensify. Either way, it’s absolutely the most delicious spaghetti and meat sauce we’ve ever made!

To complete your meal, make Cheesy Roasted Asparagus Casserole, homemade French Bread, and for dessert either The Best Chocolate Cake or Magic Lemon Cobbler.

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make The Best Homemade Meat Sauce (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • Bulk Italian sausage – we used a mild Italian sausage, but you could also try sweet or spicy.
  • Lean ground beef – we like to use a lean, organic ground beef.
  • Onion – use a sweet onion, such as Vidalia.
  • Garlic – it’s best to use fresh garlic for this recipe.
  • Granulated sugar – sugar adds a hint of sweetness to the sauce and also helps to cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Italian seasoning blend – you can make your own or buy it from the store. Click here to see our recipe for Italian Seasoning.
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh parsley – you can use 1-2 teaspoons of dried parsley instead, but fresh is really best for this recipe.
  • Tomato paste – the tomato paste adds and intensity to the tomato flavor.
  • Crushed tomatoes – crushed tomatoes serve as the base for the sauce.
  • Fire roasted tomatoes – these tomatoes really kick up the flavor!
  • Chicken broth – chicken broth slightly thins the sauce to the right consistency while also adding flavor.

ingredients to make The Best Homemade Meat Sauce

How to Make Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and beef into the pot and break it up with a wooden spoon or spatula. Next, add in the onion and cook, stirring often, until the meat is fully browned and no pink remains. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Drain off the excess fat.

Reduce heat to medium and add in the sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley.

adding fresh parsley and seasonings to cooking meat in the pot.

Add in the tomato paste and stir to well to combine. Next, add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with the liquid, and chicken broth. Stir well until combined.

stirring the sauce in a Dutch oven with a wooden spoon.

Bring the sauce to a simmer, then cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer the sauce for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours for the best flavor and consistency. Stir occasionally to prevent the sauce from burning at the bottom of the pot.

freshly made meat sauce for spaghetti.

Tip: if the sauce becomes too thick, add more chicken broth 1/4 cup at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

How to Serve Meat Sauce

  • Over spaghetti, rigatoni, fettuccine, penne, or your favorite pasta
  • In lasagna
  • With cheese filled ravioli or stuffed shells
  • With garlic bread for dipping

How to Store Leftovers

Store the meat sauce in an airtight food storage container or a jar in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze the sauce for up to three months.

twirling spaghetti and meat sauce on a fork.

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Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Published By Jill
The Best Homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce is perfect over spaghetti or your favorite pasta. Crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato paste, fire roasted tomatoes, spices, Italian sausage, and beef slow simmered for hours to create the most delicious, rich, meaty sauce you've ever made.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large sweet onion peeled and diced
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and beef into the pot and break it up with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add in the onion and cook, stirring often, until the meat is fully browned and no pink remains. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Drain off the excess fat.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add in the sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • Add in the tomato paste and stir to well to combine.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with the liquid, and chicken broth. Stir well until combined.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer, then cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer the sauce for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours for the best flavor and consistency. Stir occasionally to prevent the sauce from burning at the bottom of the pot.
  • Tip: if the sauce becomes too thick, add more chicken broth 1/4 cup at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve the sauce hot over pasta.
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