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Best Basic Meat Sauce Recipe

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Everyone needs a basic meat sauce recipe. Sautéed onion, garlic mixed with ground beef, tomato sauce and herbs. Serve over pasta or spaghetti squash!
Course Kitchen Basics
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword homemade, Italian meat sauce, meat sauce, spaghetti sauce
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 307
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck sirloin or round (your choice)
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 2 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  • In a deep sided 12-inch skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-low heat.
  • Add in the onion and a pinch of kosher salt. Cook until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes.
  • Then stir in the garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes before adding in the ground beef.
  • Increase the heat to medium and use a wooden spoon to break up the beef and cook until browned. Use a spoon to remove the fat from the pan and discard.
  • Season the ground beef mixture with Italian seasoning and basil. Pour in the sauce and stir in the salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes on low heat before serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg