Sunday, April 18, 2010

Traditional Italian Meat Sauce

This is by far, my most favorite meat sauce recipe in existence. I won't even order spaghetti in restaurants because nothing compares to how good this sauce is. I have no clue where the recipe came from, it's been handed down from my great-grandmother, who was a full blooded Italian immigrant. So it has to be good, right? HA! This is also the same sauce I use to make a delicious lasagna. Next time I make lasagna, I will post that recipe.


1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 mild italian sausages (remove casing)
3/4 cup white onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 small cans of tomato paste
8 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups of water

1lb. pasta of your choice (I prefer mostaccioli, it's easier to eat, especially for little ones).


1. Ground beef with oil and sausage (remove the casing, I pull it out of the casing by hand in small gobs about the size of a grape). When almost brown, add onions.

2. When everything is brown, drain grease. Return to stove, add parsley, garlic, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, tomato paste, tomato sauce and 2 cups of water. Stir well. Simmer on low for 90 minutes.

3. Cook noodles according to package and desired tenderness. Drain well. Pour sauce over noodles. Serve hot!

Bon App├ętit


Anonymous said...

This sounds so yummy. I would have never thought to use the italian sausage like that. I will definitely give it a try.

Katie Beth said...

And please come back and let me know how you liked it. :) Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

Mrs. V. said...

That looks great Katie!! Joey LOVES meat sauce. I usually buy a jar *I know, I'm lazy* and add a whole package of cooked ground beef to it. I will definitely be trying this!

Amy Sue said...

YAY! I love your meat sauce! Now I don't have to come all the way to CA to enjoy it, even thought it would be much more fun. Thanks KT!

Sarah said...

I'm making this tonight, can't wait!!

Mrs. B. said...

I made this today. :)
I added a jar of roasted red peppers (purreed them w/ my imersion blender) and omitted the meat (none in my fridge!) and it tastes soooo good. Yum yum yum.