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

Want other healthier pasta recipes? Try these favorites:

How Do You Make Meat Sauce

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Lexi's Meat Sauce


Yield 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



Author: Lexi
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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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Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

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

 

Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat SauceSpaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce

 

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Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce


Yields 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



Author: Lexi
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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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Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat Sauce

Pulled Pork {Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is the ultimate pulled pork recipe! Tender and flavorful pulled pork cooked in a homemade sweet and smoky refined sugar free BBQ sauce… doesn’t get much better than that! Summer BBQ perfection.

Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Ah, the beloved slow cooker. So convenient, so simple, and always delivering delicious meals! I have been wanting to make pulled pork since I purchased my slow cooker months ago (late, I know). After tons of recipe research, I have developed a recipe that is both spicy & sweet, tender, and very simple. The house smelled amazing while this was cooking. Eat it simply in a dish (I like it with some grilled pineapple), in a sandwich, for taco night, or even in quesadillas, the options are endless!

Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork


Yield 6
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours and 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. organic pork shoulder roast or pork butt

Meat Rub

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Let simmer uncovered, mixing occasionally, for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  2. While sauce is simmering, combine meat rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pat meat dry and slice it into three medium pieces. Generously rub the meat with the spice mix, making sure every area is well covered.
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and add 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, sear meat for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until brown. Place the meat in the crock pot.
  4. Once the BBQ sauce is ready, take it off heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour BBQ sauce over the meat in the slow cooker and make sure the meat is generously covered.
  6. Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  7. Remove the meat and place it on a cutting board. Let cool for a few minutes. When cool, using 2 forks shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.
  8. Serve warm!

Recipe Notes

*We like serving this with a slice of bibb lettuce, red cabbage slaw, and chives.


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