This red sauce is a crowd pleaser, takes next to no effort, and can be made with fresh or dried herbs that you probably already have in your pantry!

Jess

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned completely, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

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  • Stir tomato sauce, basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper into the beef; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook sauce at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and rich, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

Fresh herbs really adds an extra layer of flavor. If I have any of the ingredients fresh, I substitute: 1 cup basil, chopped; 1 cup oregano, chopped, 2 onions, finely chopped; or 3 cloves garlic, minced.

This makes enough sauce for 2 boxes of pasta; it freezes well.

Nutrition Facts

187 calories; protein 13.3g; carbohydrates 19.2g; fat 7.4g; cholesterol 35.5mg; sodium 1389.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
Simple and delicious! I did not use the amounts of basil and oregano called for per personal preference, I just used them to taste I used dried herbs). I wouldn't call this a 'Bolognese', exactly, but more of a meat sauce. Either way, it was a BIG hit with the family, and something I will def be making again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2016
I have not made this recipe however when reading the ingredients I did spot something the novice may want to be careful of 2 Tablespoons of garlic powder is a lot of garlic for a recipe of this yield. Read More
(5)
42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 4
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
Simple and delicious! I did not use the amounts of basil and oregano called for per personal preference, I just used them to taste I used dried herbs). I wouldn't call this a 'Bolognese', exactly, but more of a meat sauce. Either way, it was a BIG hit with the family, and something I will def be making again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2016
I've made variations of this as my Mother taught me. It's a great sauce if you like making your own, which I do. I usually throw in a can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes. They dissolve completely during cooking, and add an additional layer of goodness, as well as making the sauce a bit thicker if you want a quicker sauce. The hamburger makes it a more hardy pasta meal. Add a salad and some good bread and you're good to go. :) Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2016
For the simplicity of making the sauce it turned out surprisingly well. Rated as recipe was written as all reviews should be. Only suggestions maybe switch herbs around to taste and try some fresh herbs. Definitely worth trying, plenty of sauce left over for quick meals during the week . Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2016
Definitely needs chopped onion and pressed fresh garlic sautéed to start then add fresh herbs (basil oregano) if you have them and works really well with 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes rather than tomato sauce (I sometimes add mushrooms and a bit of red wine as well). Definitely an easy meal to throw together with some garlic bread and a quick salad. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2016
kudos to amy.sue....right on point!!!!!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
Followed the recipe except I added a cup of water that the pasta cooked in and simmered for an additional 5 minutes. The family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2016
I have not made this recipe however when reading the ingredients I did spot something the novice may want to be careful of 2 Tablespoons of garlic powder is a lot of garlic for a recipe of this yield. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2016
You can always buy pre chopped onions and some garlic like paste to perk this up with a non dried spice basis. It is still easy to make and you just sautee them for a bit (adding maybe 2 - 3 minutes to cook time) This sauce is simple cooks fast and tastes great. For an added richness to the flavor you can add a bit of mozzarella cheese or Parmesan directly to the sauce changing the flavor dynamics a bit as well. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2016
It was good but I added more garlic diced tomatoes and some red wine! It turned out really well. Read More
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