Homemade Meat Sauce

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About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

I just love a homemade meat sauce for a few different reasons. You can flavor it to your liking and you know exactly what goes in it and you can add as much or as little ground beef as you like, so basically you can really play around with this recipe and make it your own and use my recipe as a guide. You can use this meat sauce on top of pasta, rice or even zoodles (if you are trying to stay away from carbs). So if you want to make your own Homemade Meat Sauce, then follow the step by step guide below or watch the video tutorial here:

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 2 Cups of Mushrooms (roughly diced)
  • 4 cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ Tablespoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning
  • 1 (32 oz) jar Pasta Sauce

Tools

Step 2: Saute Onions

In a large sauce pan add in olive oil and allow to warm up on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add in diced onions and sauté onions until translucent (about 6 mins).

Step 3: Add in Mushrooms and Garlic

Once the onions are translated , add diced mushrooms and minced garlic. Sauté 7-10 min or until the mushrooms are cooked.

Step 4: Add Ground Beef

Add in grounded beef to onion mixture. Use a wooden spoon and break up the meat into smaller pieces. Cook on medium heat until meat is fully cooked (or until there is no more pink showing in the meat).

Step 5: Season

Add in salt, pepper, paprika, pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and taco seasoning all to taste.

Step 6: Stir

Stir the mixture to wake up all the flavorings.

Step 7: Red Sauce

Add in a jar of store bought red sauce and give it a good stir (taste and adjust seasonings if needed).

Step 8: Simmer

Let the meat sauce simmer on low for at least 30 mins, the longer you simmer it the better the flavor gets (you can cover it with a lid so you won't get your stove as messy).

Step 9: Enjoy!

Enjoy on top of pasta or rice!

Step 10: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!

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    booung

    Tip 20 days ago

    Same as mine but for an extra boost of flavor I add 2 Italian lamb sausages, squeezed out of casings and mashed with the ground meat, some graded Parisian to taste & caraway seeds. This imparts a zesty flavor that steals the show. Thank-you for posting. Now I'm hungry.
    Dave the foodie.

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    FOOD by Lydsbooung

    Reply 14 days ago

    The lamb sausage sounds good, I'll have to give that a try some time! Thanks for the recommendation Dave =)

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    robbied

    5 weeks ago

    I usually use a tin of peeled whole tomatoes and a bottle of puree, but this is pretty much how I make mine. If you double the mixture, try adding a single, chopped and seeded, Carolina Reaper chiili for a good heat that doesn't linger to long.

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    FOOD by Lydsrobbied

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Oo yum! That would be really good with with a little heat in it I gotta try but I am a bit afraid of the Catalina reaper Haha.

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    robbiedFOOD by Lyds

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    as long as you take the seeds out, and use it in a reasonable volume of food, it isn't too spicy, and actually has flavour itself.

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    antioch

    5 weeks ago

    Love the pic with the fake smile over a pot full of vomit-like substance, very 70s.

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    SallyJ7

    5 weeks ago

    The title is, um, "misleading" to be as polite as I can. Sure, I can "doctor-up" a jar of pre-made sauce. I wouldn't have followed this obvious click bait if I knew that's all it was. I was hoping for a good homemade sauce, which would generally start with a pile of tomatoes...

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    DAND55

    5 weeks ago

    An instructable for meat sauce?really?

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    grapenut

    5 weeks ago

    I didn't know all those mushrooms would fit! I'm gonna try it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Remag123

    5 weeks ago on Step 10

    Great pictures. The jar sauce is a NO NO for me but that's my choice. No doubt this is really delicious.

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    alf.slawsonRemag123

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Jar sauce is a no no for me too. You're right though it probably is delicious.

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    FOOD by LydsRemag123

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thanks, you can definitely change the sauce up =)

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    Rae1929

    5 weeks ago

    The recipe would be even better without store bought sauce. It’s so easy to make your own.

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    tercero

    6 weeks ago

    Nicely done.