Tami's Red Sauce: Bolognese Tomato Sauce with Ground Beef


This Bolognese pasta 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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 (29 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 3 tablespoons dried basil

  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano

  • 3 tablespoons onion powder

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. 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.

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


Fresh herbs really add 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 (per serving)

187 Calories
7g Fat
19g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1390mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 899mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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