Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

This easy Italian meat sauce recipe is my probably my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe! It’s an easy homemade meat sauce recipe that is hearty and flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Make this healthy meat sauce with ground turkey or ground beef, and let it cook nice and slow! It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, and so yummy! Serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for low carb, or gluten-free pasta!

Italian meat sauce recipe

Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

I LOVE Italian dishes. Especially a quick and delicious meat sauce! I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious, always a hit and so versatile! Serve it over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, the options are endless! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and I never get sick of it!

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Homemade Meat Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or oil of choice 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large organic carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 pound organic grass-fed beef or ground turkey
  • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, more for garnish
  • Optional: Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: Garnish with additional fresh Basil

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add onion and carrots to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
  3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
  4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. The longer you can let simmer, the better! Taste and adjust spices as desired then remove from heat.
  6. Serve over zucchini noodles, gluten-free pasta, or spaghetti squash.
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5 comments on “Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

  • Natascha Otto says:

    Hi just a quick question, how many servings is this recipe. I am always looking to make stuff in bulk as i don’t have time during the week to really cook and this looks amazing. Thank you for all your awesome recipes. It makes my life so much easier.

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  • I LOVE this sauce! Whenever I make it, people think I actually have culinary skills 😉 I add chopped green pepper right after the meat for a bit of extra veggies!

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  • Stephanie Reid says:

    I made this in my Instant Pot and was asked to leave a comment regarding how I did so. I used the Saute function to follow the directions and then let it simmer on Saute for roughly 10 minutes. Since I decided to cook my pasta in the pot (I used regular old pasta noodles-no gluten-free), I added a bit of water and my noodles, making sure to press the noodles down into the sauce. I did high pressure for 5 minutes.

    The only change I will make next time I do this in the Instant Pot is to add more water, probably close to a cup, because my sauce became very “dry” for lack of better terminology. But it was still very good!

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