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14 Best Meat Sauce Recipes for Every Occasion

FEBRUARY 01, 2023
14 Best Meat Sauce Recipes for Every Occasion
Meat sauce is a classic sauce that can be enjoyed on a variety of pasta dishes. You can spoon it on top of spaghetti, use it in a lasagna dish, or on top of baked ziti. No matter how you choose to serve it, it’s guaranteed to be delicious. Here are 14 of the best meat sauce recipes to make for any occasion. From easy weeknight dinners to special family gatherings, these sauces are sure to please. From slow cooker and instant pot recipes to classic Italian-style sauces, you’ll find something for everyone. Enjoy!
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Arrabbiata Meat Sauce

A healthy recipe mixing arrabbiata flavors into a hearty meat sauce. 
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741
15
50 min
TOTAL TIME
237
CALORIES
$1.20
PER SERVING
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Arrabbiata Meat Sauce
Fodess

The Best Meat Sauce

This meat sauce recipe will satisfy all of your homey, cozy, I-need-a-hug-in-a-bowl-of-pasta feelings. It's deeply flavourful and richly tomatoey. The recipe is simple. Nothing fancy. Just regular old ground beef  like your mom made, no wine, no veal or pork or sausage. Just exactly the comfort food...
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222
1 hr 20 min
TOTAL TIME
656
CALORIES
$2.54
PER SERVING
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The Best Meat Sauce
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Carrot and Zucchini Meat Sauce

Deliciously hearty and healthy, this Carrot and Zucchini Meat Sauce is made with a flavorful blend of ground beef, fresh vegetables, and herbs for a meal that's sure to tantalize your taste buds.
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83
1
55 min
TOTAL TIME
389
CALORIES
$1.81
PER SERVING
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Carrot and Zucchini Meat Sauce
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This Silly Girl's Kitchen

Meat Sauce Recipe

When it comes to staple recipes there are a few that you need in your arsenal and one of those has to be this Meat Sauce Recipe. Super simple to throw together with amazing flavor.
1
45 min
TOTAL TIME
302
CALORIES
$2.14
PER SERVING
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Meat Sauce Recipe
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Arrabbiata Meat Sauce

A healthy recipe mixing arrabbiata flavors into a hearty meat sauce. 
2
2
50 min
TOTAL TIME
237
CALORIES
$1.20
PER SERVING
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Arrabbiata Meat Sauce
Midwest Nice

Venison Meat Sauce

This venison meat sauce is our go-to red sauce for pasta night! Ground venison, crushed tomatoes, and flavorful herbs combine in a simple sauce that’s perfect for pasta. As a bonus, it’s a great filling for things like lasagna or a simple pasta bake!
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243
8
40 min
TOTAL TIME
335
CALORIES
$2.41
PER SERVING
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Venison Meat Sauce
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Cheesy Tortellini with Meat Sauce

Enjoy a delightful one-pot meal with tender cheese tortellini, savory Italian sausage, and mini pepperoni, all smothered in a rich tomato sauce and topped with perfectly melted mozzarella cheese. This deliciously comforting dish is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
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30 min
TOTAL TIME
773
CALORIES
$2.90
PER SERVING
Cheesy Tortellini with Meat Sauce
Directions
8 STEPS
1
In a large skillet, cook ground Italian sausage, ½ cup of mini pepperoni, and chopped onion until the sausage is cooked through and the onion is softened.
2
Break the ground sausage apart as it cooks.
3
Add fire-roasted diced tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.
4
Mix well and bring the mixture to a boil.
5
Add the refrigerated cheese tortellini, mixing it in to get as submerged in liquid as possible.
6
Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until the tortellini is tender.
7
If you don't have a lid that fits, you can cook it uncovered, making sure to stir it frequently to cook the pasta evenly.
8
During the last minute of cooking, sprinkle 1 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese and the remaining ½ cup of mini pepperoni on top, followed by chopped fresh parsley.
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Easy low carb

Easy Low Carb Meat Sauce

This easy meat sauce recipe is the perfect addition to just about any meal. Tender ground beef is simmered in a delicious tomato base with onions, garlic, and seasonings. It's a versatile, easy, and low carb sauce that is ready in just 35 minutes!
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4,152
10
35 min
TOTAL TIME
338
CALORIES
$1.57
PER SERVING
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Easy Low Carb Meat Sauce
Simply Scratch

Best Basic Meat Sauce Recipe

Everyone needs a basic meat sauce recipe. Sautéed onion, garlic mixed with ground beef, tomato sauce and herbs. Serve over pasta or spaghetti squash!
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27
45 min
TOTAL TIME
935
CALORIES
$3.79
PER SERVING
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Best Basic Meat Sauce Recipe
Craft Beering

Hearty Meat Sauce with Ground Beef, Tomatoes & Stout

Easy recipe for homemade ground beef sauce with tomatoes and roasty notes from stout ale . Similarly to Italian ragu sauces it is finished with heavy cream, a la Bolognese.
1
45 min
TOTAL TIME
1147
CALORIES
$6.49
PER SERVING
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Hearty Meat Sauce with Ground Beef, Tomatoes & Stout
Jo Cooks

The Best Meat Sauce

This is the Best Meat Sauce recipe! Never go back to a store-bought jar again. Once you discover how simple it is to make your own and how much better it tastes, your pasta making world will never be the same! Chop, sauté, simmer, and you'll be rewarded with incredible, rich, deep, homemade flavors.
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1,021
11
3 hr 15 min
TOTAL TIME
223
CALORIES
$1.01
PER SERVING
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The Best Meat Sauce
Copykat Recipes

Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce

Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce combines ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni to make a meat sauce recipe perfect for any pasta dish.
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723
18
45 min
TOTAL TIME
445
CALORIES
$2.71
PER SERVING
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Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce
Our Salty Kitchen

Italian Meat Sauce Recipe

Perfect your pasta with Homemade Italian Meat Sauce. This hearty tomato sauce with sausage and ground beef is specially seasoned and slow simmered for authentic taste with less acid. Makes enough for a small crowd in as little as 30 minutes, but freezes beautifully for future meals.
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106
1 hr 15 min
TOTAL TIME
446
CALORIES
$1.50
PER SERVING
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Italian Meat Sauce Recipe
Celebrating Sweets

Meat Sauce with Hidden Vegetables

A hearty meat and tomato sauce filled with hidden pureed vegetables. This healthier sauce is loaded with flavor and you'll never know it's filled with veggies. Serve this sauce with spaghetti, lasagna, stuffed peppers, roasted vegetables, and more!
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5,029
137
50 min
TOTAL TIME
263
CALORIES
$3.46
PER SERVING
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Meat Sauce with Hidden Vegetables
Watch Learn Eat

Slow Cooker Turkey Meat Sauce

This hearty and healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Meat Sauce features carrot and basil for a hint of sweetness.
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223
4
4 hr 10 min
TOTAL TIME
179
CALORIES
$0.97
PER SERVING
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Slow Cooker Turkey Meat Sauce
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