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The Perfect Homemade Meat Sauce

16 servings


10 minutes

active time

2 hours 10 minutes

total time


2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 large white onion, finely diced

5 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 pound Italian sausage, removed from their casings (I used Hot Italian Sausage)

1 and 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

3 cups (28 ounce) crushed tomatoes

2 cups (16 ounce) tomato sauce

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1-2 teaspoons salt, to taste

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers flakes (optional)


In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once it's hot, add the diced onion and minced garlic. Toss around with a wooden spoon and cook until onions are softened and translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Be careful as the garlic can easily burn.

Once the onions are cooked, add the Italian sausage and ground beef. Cook until it's no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.

Once meat is browned, drain any grease in the pot. Return to heat and pour in the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. add a little water to the jars, shake a bit and pour into the pot.

Add tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper, dried basil, Italian Seasoning, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes. Stir to make sure everything is combined. Turn the heat to low and simmer for at least 1 and ½ to 2 hours to reduce the water and enhance the flavour. Skim the fat on top and stir occasionally, tasting the sauce and adjusting the seasonings to your preference. Use for lasagna, spaghetti and more!


Serving Size




Total Fat

12 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Unsaturated Fat

8 g

Trans Fat

0 g


29 mg


562 mg

Total Carbohydrate

7 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

4 g


10 g

16 servings


10 minutes

active time

2 hours 10 minutes

total time
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