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Grandma's Meat Sauce

Lisa Paul

"This is a great meaty pasta sauce recipe passed down through the generations from my great great grandfather in Sicily. I also use this sauce when I make my lasagna. I don't like large chunks of meat in my sauce, so I put it all in the food processor when done and it comes out as a very thick meaty sauce."
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3 h servings 217 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the sausage, round steak, and veal 10 minutes, until evenly browned. Remove meat from skillet and drain, reserving about 1 tablespoon drippings.
  2. Stir the garlic into the skillet with the reserved meat drippings, and cook about 3 minutes over medium heat. Place the crushed tomatoes into the skillet. Season with Italian seasoning, bay leaf, garlic powder, oregano, pepper, and parsley. Cook 15 minutes.
  3. Mix the tomato sauce into the skillet, and continue cooking 15 minutes.
  4. Return the meat to the skillet. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 217 calories; 12.4 g fat; 10.6 g carbohydrates; 16.7 g protein; 53 mg cholesterol; 871 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This recipe is FABULOUS! I did make a few changes though. I substituted the veal and steak with ground turkey (less fat), I seasoned the meat and added chopped onion while browning and I added...

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I'm quite surprised at how high this recipe gets reviewed. I followed it exactly and was very disappointed. The meat in the dish was so overwhelming you can not really taste the tomatoes or any ...

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This recipe is FABULOUS! I did make a few changes though. I substituted the veal and steak with ground turkey (less fat), I seasoned the meat and added chopped onion while browning and I added...

If your looking for the ultimate Meat Sauce, this is it!!! Its AWESOME !!!! I did make a few changes to it I used Hot Italian sausgaes instead of sweet, 1/2 tsp of thyme a dash of salt and used...

My husband and I thought this recipe was definitely restaurant quality. I substituted turkey italian sausage for the regular italian sausage to save on fat and I used ground sirloin and ground ...

WOW!! Instead of Veal and beef cubes I used a ground veal, beef and pork mix available in the meat section of your local grocery store. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. This sauce w...

Delicious! I had never before made any kind of sauce from scratch and now my husband thinks I'm a gourmet chef. This was so easy - but I won't tell him that... I used ground beef, ground veal...

Absolutely wonderful. The only change I made was to add the wine which was suggested, fresh basil, dried thyme, & sliced fresh mushrooms, didn't cook first just added to sauce. I did use hot Ita...

Wow, my Italian boyfriend was impressed and said this was better than our favorite restaurant's sauce. I followed the recipe as is and it came out delicious. Thank you!

this is pretty freaking awesome. i used ground beef and italian sausage....didn't puree it....and LOVED it! I made a full batch then froze the leftovers in jars for later....i will definitely be...

Awesome recipe. I substituted 1lb ground turkey and 1lb ground steak. I also sauted onion when I browned my meat then added that to my sauce. I also added mushroom. I did a red wine reductio...