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!

How do you make meat sauce
If you love meat sauce, try this spaghetti sauce in these recipes:

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

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How Do You Make Meat Sauce

Lexi's Meat Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
  • 1 lb. 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 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
  • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
  • Optional: Garnish with 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, carrots, and peppers 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. Taste and remove from heat.
  6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
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Cinnamon Chai Tea Banana Smoothie

A healthy protein smoothie with the refreshing and comforting flavors of chai, cinnamon, and banana. Sign me up!Chai Tea Banana Smoothie | Lexiscleankitchen.com #dairyfree

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  1. Grass-Fed Whey Protein
  2. High-Speed Blender

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Cinnamon Chai Tea Banana Smoothie

Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

  • -1 scoop grass-fed whey protein Use code LEXI for 10% off at checkout
  • -1 6 oz. cup pre-brewed chai tea, cooled
  • -1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • -1 frozen banana
  • -1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • -1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • -5 ice cubes
  • -Optional: Dash of raw honey or 3 drops liquid stevia

Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in high-speed blender
  • 2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • 3. Garnish and enjoy!
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    Italian-Style Mini Meatloaves

    These Italian-Style Mini Meatloaves are meal prep perfection! Italian meatloaf, loaded with veggies, spices, and delicious sauce… A great variation on a meat dish, right? I thinks so, especially when made into a mini-size that is the perfect serving of protein.

    Italian-Style Mini Meatloaves

     

    The trouble I have always found is that many meatloaf recipes contain bread/breadcrumbs, sugar and other ingredients that make them not an ideal recipe for clean eaters or the allergy-friendly folk. I bring you an Italian-style meatloaf that clean, allergy-friendly, and is bursting with flavor!

    Italian-Style Mini Meatloaves

     

    Italian-Style Mini Meatloaves

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    Serve with your favorite roasted vegetables or zucchini noodles  on the side!

    Italian-Style Mini Meatloaves

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:30 Yields 6

    Ingredients

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. If your muffin tin isn't non-stick, lightly grease.
    • Heat oil in a small skillet. Sauté onion, mushrooms, and garlic until translucent.
    • In one large bowl combine beef, cooked veggies, spices, egg, almond flour, and 1/4 cup of tomato sauce. Mix until well combined.
    • Fill the muffin pan with the meatloaf mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked through.
    • Let cool for 3 minutes and serve with the remaining tomato sauce.
    • Optional: garnish with fresh parmesan and fresh basil.
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    Paleo Burger Bites: 5 Ways

    Burger Bites 5 Ways {Paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Burger Bites 5 Ways {Gluten-free, paleo-friendly, grain-free, low-carb} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    These Paleo Burger Bites (made 5 different ways) are the perfect appetizer for a night entertaining with friends, or for that Sunday football game. The options are endless and everyone will love trying all the different variations. Make them as burger bites, or larger for any meal!

    Burger Bites 5 Ways {Paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    If you can’t decide which variation to choose, make a DIY burger bar and let guests create their own! Such a fun, delicious, and customizable appetizer! From sweet potato buns, eggplant buns, and even AVOCADO buns, this burger bite bar takes sliders to a whole new level!

     

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    Paleo Burger Bites: 5 Ways

    Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 0:25 Yields 6

    Ingredients

      Basic Hamburger Recipe

      Burger Bite Variations

        Pizza Burger Bites Toppings

        • 2 teaspoons tomato sauce, homemade or store-bought
        • 2 slices pepperoni
        • fresh mozzarella, melted on burger bite
        • 1 teaspoon fresh basil
        • eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices, roasted until fork tender, and used as the bun

        Mediterranean Burger Bites Toppings

        • 4 sun-dried tomatoes
        • 1/2 onion, caramelized
        • 1 cup spinach, sautéed

        All-American Burger Bites Toppings

        • 1 roma tomato, sliced thin
        • lettuce
        • 4 pieces bacon, cooked
        • 1/2 teaspoon honey mustard, more as needed
        • 1/2 onion, caramelized
        • 2 thin cucumber slices, to use as the bun

        Taco Burger Bites Toppings

        • Homemade guacamole, or use the avocado as the bun!
        • salsa, homemade or store-bought
        • jalapeño, sliced thin
        • sweet potato buns, if not using avocado bun
        • Optional: cheddar cheese
        • Optional: Avocado, sliced in half to make an avocado bun

        Thai Burger Lettuce Wrap Bites

        • 1 lb grass-fed beef
        • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
        • 1 garlic clove, minced
        • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
        • 1 tablespoon scallions, sliced
        • 1/2 onion, caramelized
        • 1/4 eggplant, roasted
        • bib lettuce, used as the bun

        Directions

        1. Choose the burger bite variations you are interested in making. Assemble the toppings for each one and set aside.
        2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all basic hamburger ingredients and mix well. If you are making the Thai Burger Bites, add coconut aminos, garlic, Sriracha, and scallions to the burger mixture.
        3. Shape the burger mixture into 10 even-sized patties.
        4. Grill or cook on a greased grill pan for about 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through to your liking.
        5. Add desired toppings to each burger bite. Use a toothpick to hold the burger together if needed. Serve hot! If topping with cheese, place the cheese on the finished burger and broil on high for 2-3 minutes until cheese is fully melted before adding other toppings.

        Recipe Notes

        *This recipe was updated in April, 2017

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        Zucchini Linguine with Homemade Meat Sauce

        This Zucchini Linguine with Homemade Meat Sauce is a delicious and hearty meal your family will LOVE! Low carb, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free if you omit the cheese. Weeknight dinner WIN!

        Zucchini Linguine with Meat Sauce

        Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:00

        Ingredients

          Zucchini Linguine

          Meat Sauce

          • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
          • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
          • 1 onion, chopped
          • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
          • 1 lb. 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
          • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
          • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
          • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
          • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
          • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
          • Optional: Garnish with 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, carrots, and peppers 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. Taste and remove from heat.
          6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
          7. Transfer zucchini noodles to a plate, and top with meat sauce, fresh basil, and parmesan if using. Serve hot.
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          Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce

          Italian night! Who needs real pasta? Spaghetti Squash Boats are a huge hit around here. They are filling, tasty, and fun to eat. They go perfectly with my homemade meat sauce or meatballs.


          Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce

           

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          Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce

          Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:45 Total Time 0:50 Yields 4

          Ingredients

          • 1 medium spaghetti squash
          • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
          • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
          • 1 onion, diced
          • 3 large organic carrot stalks, minced
          • 1 pound organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
          • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
          • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
          • 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning
          • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
          • 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt, to taste
          • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
          • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
          • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
          • Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil

          Directions

          1. Pre-heat oven to 400 ℉ and line a sheet-tray with parchment paper.
          2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, scrape out seeds, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and place face down on the parchment lined sheet-tray. Roast for 30 minutes, or until fork tender.
          3. In a medium sized saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
          4. Add onion, carrots, and peppers to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
          5. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
          6. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
          7. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and remove from heat.
          8. Once the spaghetti squash has cooled, take two forks and fluff the threadlike spaghetti within the boats so it is no longer attached to the walls of the squash. Top the spaghetti squash with meat sauce, fresh basil, and cheese if using.
          9. Serve hot.
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