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Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

This homemade meat sauce is perfect for any of your favorite pasta dishes. Make ahead and freeze or make a fresh batch for a delicious dinner!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Homemade Meat Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 2 medium onions minced
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 30 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 large bell peppers diced
  • 3 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 tbsp salt free seasoning OR 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper I didn't use any in the video, because I used salt free seasoning that already has black pepper in it. If using salt, add pepper.
  • 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sugar (brings down the acidity levels of the tomato sauce and etc.)
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese


  • Brown the ground beef in a pot over medium heat. Drain the fat from the pot.
  • Add in the onions, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes. Stir.
  • Sprinkle in the Italian seasoning, and the salt-free seasoning OR salt & pepper.
  • Toss in the diced tomatoes, then add in the tomato sauce and water.
  • Sprinkle in the sugar, and stir all of the ingredients.
  • Add in the parmesan cheese, stir the ingredients, then reduce the heat to low.
  • Let the sauce simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Let the sauce cool down, then place the sauce into labeled bags.
  • Store the sauce in the freezer until you are ready to use it!