So love your blog and look forward to your emails. It’s also a great recipe for serving with Garlic Bread as an appetizer. Also, you may want to check the meat department for pre-mixed packages of “meatloaf mix” – this is what is typically available in my grocery store. My question is how did you come up with the nutritional values and is there a way to reduce the amount of sodium per serving? This Meat Sauce is the best one pot pasta sauce that you can make in a little over an hour, or you can simmer it longer to develop even more flavor. It’s my go to and gets a lot of love from the wife and inlaws. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon. Cut the pork in about 1 inch pieces and saute in a pan with the vegetable oil for about 3 minutes … While the pork rests, we can occupy ourselves by making the sauce.  I add extra vegetables like chopped spinach, carrots, celery, zucchini sometimes. For the tomatoes, I used the brand Cento and found the sauce to be acidic. I’ve never made my own sauce before, but this looks fantastic!! Hi Gary, My apologies, there was a funky line of code in there for some reason, and that seems to have fixed it. I’m not a big basil fan I can tolerate it I like it for flavor but I don’t not like it to be so strong I can in point he basil. I did cut the basil to 3 TBSP because I used canned tomatoes with basil. I serve them open faced, I do not use the rice because I HATE rice, and I switch out the beef broth for the tomato sauce) Can you tell yet I’m a tad obsessed with your recipes?? I want to make this with and also without meat sauce, do you still use the olive oil as you do for meat sauce recipe? My sister is having a dinner with some friends and cousins tomorrow, and left me in charge of lasagna – this is a lifesaver, thanks to you and your father-in-law. I am not one to typically cook with any wine. Roasting your own tomatoes with spices like thyme and bay leaves is yummy too (just keep the juices from the pan you roast them in). Ten years ago: Butter Pecan Ice Cream. I’m not a fan of chunks of tomato so was wondering if you can use hand emulsifier to de-chunk the tomatoes. Seems just as good without it as I’ve tried both methods. Add 3/4 cup heavy cream to a cold medium-sized sauce pan, and then place the pan on medium heat. Slow cooked tomato sauce with ground beef, garlic, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings. I made this sauce tonight…. The recipe says to use one large onion. I’m not a big fan of pasta, but I will definitely be trying this one! No no no. Watch this sauce … Also, I do add oregano along with the basil. Roast meat at 325 degrees for ... stand 20 minutes before slicing into serving dish. Â. The sauce takes time to make. I just brown the meat and drain it, saute the onion and then add it all to the crock pot. Pierce pork with a fork and then rub oil on tenderloin. Thanks! Hi Darlene, Absolutely! With no preservatives and simple ingredients, this slow cooked tomato sauce with beef will make any pasta dish an instant winner. My favorite weekend dinners include a big pot of this on the stove with your Baked Italian Meatballs simmering with it! Thanks for sharing your recipes! (who loved reading AMA, by the way. There’s no need in my view but maybe I’m cheating myself the OO qualities? Cover with lid slightly ajar and place in the oven (see note for slow cooker instructions). Thanks, Bettina This is a great recipe! The remaining raw meat from the pork shoulder can be chopped up or ground and frozen for a future batch of sauce or made into sausages. Next time, I will add some sugar to it to take the edge off of the tomatoes.  Delicious! Your email address will not be published. A true winner!! You can get white and red and keep on hand without it going bad. So, so good. It makes the best lasagna :). I’m excited to taste the final project which is your Lasagna Bolognese. The recipe says to use one half cup of olive oil to brown the meats and saute the onions and garlic. I’ve been craving pasta for days and this has just about sent me over the edge! I think you could get away with half. Been making this sauce for a few years now. I used my version of a bolognese. I do not add any olive oil, the meat generates enough juices and lately ive been adding 3-4 oz of diced pancetta, which only lessens the need for oil. Thank you Michelle and others especially that diced bacon. Don’t have Tuttorosso brand here in Utah. If I have leftover ham, I will throw in the bone since it adds depth to the sauce but this isn’t necessary (I’m going to have to try the spare ribs now). The combination of savory mustard flavor with sweet sugars added to a touch of smoke flavor makes this a great general pork sauce. I however have a few questions on the quantities of two of the ingredients. Otherwise it looks like something worth trying. I can’t wait to try it. It’s a ketchup-based barbeque sauce, which also goes well with pork and ribs. Could you point it out? FWIW! Not sure if anyone asked, Does it freeze well if made in advance of family visits? I’ve also used it in lasagna rather than making separate meat and sauce layers. As far as wine goes, a good dry chianti or Barolo is what I prefer. In a large dutch oven on high heat cook the ground beef, breaking it apart as you cook, about 3-4 minutes. Heat 2 Tbsp. I’ll be running to the kitchen after I buy the ingredients! I don’t find it to be too greasy, but you could definitely drain it if you prefer to remove all of the grease. I am a trained Private Chef of almost 10 years. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Definitely going to try this making meatballs with the meatloaf mix due to that picky cousin of yours. You could try sautéing with the onions if you go that route. I hope you enjoy the sauce! They always come out perfectly and when you use higher quality crushed tomatoes, you can definitely tell a difference. enough sauce for 5-6? Why are there so many mean people on the Web? I will have to try yours. Hi Mary, It’s not on my site; it’s not a recipe she ever wrote down, unfortunately. Hi Ronda, I would not recommend that, as there are very specific requirements for ensuring the safety of a recipe for long-term storage, and I have no way of knowing if this meets those specifications. Can’t wait to make this delicious sauce! I use a nice, rich chianti and it turns out delicious every time. Mix remainder of ingredients together and rub all over the pork. Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in February 2014 and updated in July 2019 with new photos, a video, and additional recipe tips. This post may contain affiliate links. One year ago: The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe Â. Tuttoroso and Red PAck brands are from the same company. This Homemade Meat Sauce recipe is the ultimate spaghetti sauce cooked low and slow with tomato sauce, ground beef, garlic and parmesan cheese.  The only thing I change is the meats I use. Hi Michelle!  lol. It cooks/browns perfectly in sync. Hi, How is the basil flavor in this is it strong? (And your F-I-L) this recipe is the bomb!  I get one of those little plastic containers of fresh and rinse chop it then add that with the half cup of wine. Does his family call it gravy, too? This was the best meat sauce I ever had. I want to give that a try!  Our recipe has been honed over the years for sure, my husband says he likes my sauce better than his mom’s (heart). Read my disclosure policy. Add the onion and garlic to the meat mixture and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes I agree with your father-in-law about the brand of tomatoes – they are thicker, sweeter, and often the cheapest brand in the store! My fiance and I are in the process of making it now and we love it!!!!!!! Hi Ed, The amount of olive oil is correct, but you can certainly reduce it without an issue if you’d like – I’ve done that before, especially if I don’t use meat. For single servings save 1 cup sauce (add 1/2 cup beef broth to this when heating and adding to pasta). I’ve made it numerous times since I found it. Michelle, can you please help us out by giving us a wine in cooking primer? Thanks for sharing a family recipe-looks yummy! This recipe is so good! The sauce starts out with a mixture of ground beef, ground pork and ground veal, which is sometimes labeled “meatloaf mix”; it’s browned along with onions and garlic, and basil is thrown in for flavor. I am just not sure what to buy for this recipe. Hi Michelle, I just revisited your father-in-law’s meat sauce after seeing it again on “Ask Me Anything.” Do you leave the browned meat in the pan after you’ve added the onions? Thanks for sharing the recipe. Thank you for such great recipes. I was looking on your site for your grandmother’s marinara sauce recipe. Thank you.Â. I hope you enjoy the sauce! Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the sausage, round steak, and veal 10 … Our family sauce has meatballs, Italian sausage, pork ribs and chicken thighs simmering for hours to infuse flavors. Enjoy!! The secret is the diced pork chops. If you prefer a meatless sauce, you can simply omit the meat and make the sauce as directed below. Even with reduced olive oil, it seems like it would be greasy. Now I know what I’m cooking this weekend, thanks to you and your father-in-law! in the video, it appears that you are using an 8 or perhaps 16 oz glass measure cup for the tomato puree, and the recipe is calling for 28 oz…I have only ever seen tomato paste in the 6 oz tin sizing. My 11 year old son Ben loved it and ate two large helpings. I live in St. Pete, FL now and their idea of meatloaf mix is beef and pork. Hi Kayla, If you are not a basil fan, then I would cut back on the basil, probably in half. I love this recipe! “Are we having red sauce tonight?” was the dinner question of our house, often with her friends at the door or on the other end of the phone waiting for the answer! Stir to combine. I live in Oz so no Tuttorusso tomatoes here but definitely agree there is variance between brands…Italian brands are best. I see some debates or points of contention so I’ll chime in: I cook the onions and meat (meatloaf mix) virtually at the same time in the same pot but I start the meat just a minute or two earlier for a head start, then mix in the onion. Hi Patti, A true bolognese is typically much less saucy and almost all meat (just a little sauce), plus it usually does include things like carrots and celery. What is tomato puree?? Simply use the serving size slider tool on the recipe card and adjust to double or triple the amount of servings. Stir in the diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste until well combined. My Easy Homemade Meat Sauce recipe has 3 main steps: Brown the meat with onions and garlic. i used 2lbs of the meat mix though, 4 cloves of garlic, and fresh basil – hard to keep it even simmering for 2 hours it was that flavorful!!!! Hi Valerie, You can just omit it without an issue. I love this basic meat sauce and it makes so much that I freeze a lot of it. I wasn’t sure if it would thicken up as good in the slow-cooker or effect the outcome of the sauce in any other way. You can store it in freezer up to 4 months. I would definitely get crushed tomatoes for this recipe if you can! Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. Horrible not to mention it couldn’t be more greasy. I like southern red wines which tend to be sweeter, so I used my favorite Carolina red and it really complemented the flavors perfectly. Hi Gwyn, Yes, you can definitely freeze this! literally do a light sprinkle of salt over the surface of the pot, and maybe a dozen turns of the pepper grinder.  The bottles hold about 3/4 cup each. I cannot wait to give this one a try! Anything??  The Red Pack brand was James Beards’ favorite. This looks so good! Ours is very similar to yours procedurally except that instead of having loose ground meat, we sear off porkchops, beef for braccioli, and pre-baked meatballs to give the sauce its meaty flavor, and we’ve never put onion in it except when we’re doing marinara. Let the tenderloin sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Tuttorosso tomato products are also available on Amazon. My family would go crazy over this! I’m assuming I would not want to add an additional 4 TABLESPOONS of Dried Basil. When it is shimmering, add the ground beef, pork and veal, and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned. It was incredible!! Sauce came out delicious! Toss this sauce with wide pasta noodles or tube pasta like ziti or rigatoni for an easy weeknight meal. Unlike a ragù or bolognese, there is no wine, cream, or sautéed carrots and celery in this Meat Sauce. Cooking the meat in 1/2 cup of oil cant be a good idea. I use in many Italian dishes. Thank you! I think that’s a pretty good red wine to keep on hand for cooking.  Simply delicious! I can never find veal. What kind of red wine should I buy? It works with or without meat. I found your recipe while surfing my home page on Pinterest and I follow your website as well. I don’t really drink and I have no idea what kind of wine to buy or use. my grown up children, grandchildren, friends love the taste texture and the full body this sauce has. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Tuttorosso+tomatoes&ref=nb_sb_noss. I hope that helps! Tuttoroso is their medium quality brand, frankly I Thank you, thank you! This looks amazing. Add half of pork … My family is sooo grateful! I now live down south and “meatloaf” mix is not something they know about here. I do have a question…..I always drain the grease after browning my meat. What do you recommend for this recipe? Do you do this? Add sun-dried tomatoes, canned tomatoes, minced garlic, basil and pili-pili pepper or dried chili pepper. Â. Not expensive either.  Delicious. I’ve done that multiple times when I’ve made baked ziti, and it’s just as fabulous.  This is now my “go-to” sauce recipe! Hi Ed, No, I don’t drain after browning the meats, and don’t find the sauce greasy, but if you’re concerned about it you definitely could. Are you meaning tomato sauce? Cooking pork chops is one of my favorite dishes because it creates a lovely aroma all throughout the house. Thankyou. I fell madly in love with that sauce. I used red gold tomato products instead of tuttorosso. Certainly, you will need some time to plate this sauce and pasta because it’s not a quick one, but when you are preparing it, keep giving it the love it deserves and you will be rewarded! This looks AMAZING! I was just contemplating my pantry and freezer and had decided to make a meat sauce. This sauce recipe has a lot of flavors: put this one on the side and let people decide how much they want. It can be really frustrating. It works well in the crock pot if you don’t want to be stuck in the house while it simmers. Can you please confirm that one half cup of olive oil is the correct amount? To accommodate those who didn’t like chunks of anything in sauce, she typically made a simple marinara (and had spare ribs simmering in there for extra flavor); I always loved her sauce, even though I have a huge soft spot for a super chunky meat sauce. BTW, mine looks exactly like your picture and I only ever use Tuttorosso canned tomatoes!Â. How do I substitute tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes since it’s what I have on hand? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/230879918381133914/, If you’re looking for the actual recipe, it’s here: https://www.browneyedbaker.com/eggplant-parmesan/, Made the “Best Ever Meat Sauce” today for the first time. That sounds like my husband’s version of heaven! Start by browning the ground beef in a large skillet and drain the fat after 3-4 minutes. I am anxious to try it. No Tuutorosso, no ground veal in local supermarkets.  Always use (ahem) 2/3 or 3/4 cup of red wine and couple dashes of Franks – only Franks – hot sauce along with about 1/2 tablespoon of kosher salt and about 1 tablespoon of sugar. My second question is in regards to the amount of onion. This post may contain affiliate links. I made this sauce today & had it for dinner tonight. Since the total time to make Meat Sauce is a bit longer (especially if you slow cook it), this sauce is great to make ahead of time in large batches and freeze for later. I added parmesan cheese and Italian sausage. However, I do have a 6 quart slow-cooker that I love, after browning the meat, sautéing the onions and garlic, then letting the red wine evaporate could I pop it in the slow-cooker? I can’t find any Tuttorosso brand products in this area, but I can find Red Gold brand, which is on the Tuttorosso site as one of their products. For this pot, I used a cabernet sauvignon. Hi Zoya, You can definitely leave out the pork and just do a beef/veal mix or just do beef. Hello! I just made this sauce today!! Yes, meat sauce can be frozen in a freezer safe container. After a 10 minute simmer to reduce the sauce, a 1 minute purée to a silky sauce, and a 20 minute resting of the pork, I took on the task of easily shredding the meat with 2 forks. I have made this sauce numerous times and this time was lucky enough to score on a ton of fresh basil….this was the first time I have had access to that at the same time as sauce day….BEST SAUCE EVER!!!! Are there any acceptable replacement for it? http://www.creamstop.com. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauce recipe is American sauce recipe. Just some tips I’ve found: I always add in some heavy cream to smooth it out towards the end. Thank you for sharing a family recipe! You know how we all think we need to add something to a recipe ok I am guilty I added a piece of pancetta once but truly you need to add only ingredients listed to have perfect sauce. This sauce and the pizza sauce recipe under the Chicago style pizza have become my favorite sauce recipes! Hands down….amazing! Hi Zoya, Yes, although the sauce won’t taste as full-bodied as if you had used the wine. Michelle, I’ve left comments about this several times on your blog! Tuttorossa tomato products are available at Walmart’s with large food sections.. Tuttorosso is available here in Charlotte NC —-I am transplanted from New Jersey years ago. This is the first non-sweet recipe of yours i have tried… i made the sauce super late last night (so i could make your classic lasagna recipe) and it was quite tasty! So I simmer them in my sauce and they’re good. I have adjusted the amount of olive oil called for in this recipe. 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