Basic Meat Sauce Recipe


Difficulty LevelEasyHealth IndexAverage
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 Olive oil2 Tablespoon
 Ground beef1 Pound
 Onion1 Large, chopped
 Garlic2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
 Canned crushed plum tomatoes in puree28 Ounce (1 Can)
 Canned tomato paste6 Ounce (1 Can)
 Water2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Dried basil2 Teaspoon
 Bay leaf1 , broken in half
 Sugar1 Teaspoon
 Salt3⁄4 Teaspoon
 Pepper1⁄2 Teaspoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2214 Calories from Fat 1360

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 152 g233.4%

Saturated Fat 48.5 g242.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 320 mg

Sodium 2240.5 mg93.4%

Total Carbohydrates 129 g42.9%

Dietary Fiber 29.9 g119.5%

Sugars 65.3 g

Protein 102 g204%

Vitamin A 150% Vitamin C 246.7%

Calcium 63.2% Iron 81.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot.
Add the ground beef and onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until the meat has lost its pink color.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Stir in all the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, reduce the heat to very low and cook gently, uncovered, for 30 minutes until the sauce is quite thick.
If the sauce is too thick, stir in 1/2 cup of water or more.
Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
This will depend on the saltiness of the tomatoes and tomato paste.
The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and freezes very well.