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Homemade Pasta Sauce With Meat Recipe

Updated on June 13, 2012
5 stars from 2 ratings of Homemade Pasta Sauce with Meat

I enjoy making certain types of food from scratch; sometimes just to see if the homemade type is better than the canned store bought stuff. Pasta sauce is definitely one of those things I’m always curious about. I’m always hearing that this or that type of pasta sauce is “as good as homemade” or “better than grandma used to make”, but I can’t say I've even had grandma’s or homemade, so I couldn’t really agree or disagree with the statement. So, I figured I could always try and see if I could make my own homemade pasta sauce. I gave it a go a few times and this is the one that work for me. (Of course, like any recipe of this kind, you can always add this or that or remove or substitute other things.)


1/2 lb. ground turkey

1/2 lb. bulk sausage

(NOTE: you can use any ground meat or combinations of them; such as lamb or beef)

1 yellow onion, diced

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 (26 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes

4 oz. of tomato paste

1 (26 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon of white sugar

6 minced cloves garlic

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon marjoram

salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large frying pan, brown meat (turkey/sausage) with onions and crushed red pepper.

2. When meat is fully cooked, drain completely and set aside.

3. In a large cooking pot combine crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.

4. Heat sauce over medium, and stir until it is warm and combined.

5. Add sugar, garlic, vinegar, oregano, basil, and marjoram.

6. Bring sauce to a boil.

7. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes; stirring occasionally.

8. Add drained meat and onions to the sauce and simmer for another 15-20 minutes until meat is heated through. Taste and re-season (salt and pepper) if desired.

9. Use sauce for any combination of pasta dishes, or just serve over garlic bread.

NOTE: For a healthier meal, use whole wheat pasta (i.e. spaghetti, or rigatoni).


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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thanks for reading! I like to use ground turkey, lamb or sausage mostly because I've eaten ground beef so often that I like to change, but beef is good too. Cheers!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Homemade is always better! This recipe for pasta sauce with meat looks great. I would use the beef myself because it always goes well with the tomatoes etc.

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