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homemade Traditional Meat Sauce recipe
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Traditional Meat Sauce Recipe

This Traditional Meat Sauce recipe is perfect for topping spaghetti, other pastas, or you can use it to make meat lasagna.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Italian, meat sauce
Servings: 12 servings
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced about ¼ inch or chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound gluten-free Italian sausage about 2 large links, casings removed
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce or a mixture of tomato sauce and some diced tomatoes
  • 6 ounces tomato paste mixed with ¾ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup full-bodied red wine
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary minced (or ¼ teaspoon dried)
  • ¼ cup sliced olives optional


  • Using a large saucepan or pot, heat the olive oil over meduim-high heat, add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 3-4 minutes, until onion becomes translucent.
  • Add ground beef and Italian sausage and cook about 4 minutes more, breaking it up as you go, until it’s mostly browned.
  • Add mushrooms and cook 3-4 minutes more.
  • Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste mixture, mix well. Add the Worcestershire sauce and wine, stir, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, add the herbs and seasonings, mix well, and simmer for at least 1 ½ hours or more, adding olives after sauce has cooked for 30 minutes if using.



This meat sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. The sauce freezes beautifully.
This recipe can be easily doubled.