Meat Pasta Sauce Recipes

Irresistible meaty recipes for your favorite pasta sauces, including spaghetti and meatballs, ragu Bolognese, and red sauce with Italian sausage.

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How to Make Bolognese Sauce

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This Bolognese sauce is dedicated to the late great Marcella Hazan. She was considered the Julia Child of Italian food, and at a time when most Americans thought 'Bolognese' was spaghetti sauce with chunks of hamburger, Marcella taught us just how magnificent this meat sauce could be. I like to toss it with some mezzi rigatoni and serve it with a little grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of parsley.

Lots O'Veggies Sausage Spaghetti Sauce

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This Italian sausage and ground beef recipe is full of vegetables and Italian herbs -- the longer it cooks the better! Full of flavor, and makes a great base sauce for lasagna. It's critical to use fresh basil, other herbs may be dried. Do not use canned tomatoes which have any corn syrup in them. Home canned tomato equivalent is 3 quarts. If you want a spicier sauce add either crushed red pepper to taste or use hot Italian sausage.

Spicy Sausage Ragu

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With all the options for different kinds of sauces and types of sausage, it goes without saying that you can embellish this a hundred different ways, and I hope you do.

Pasta Sauce with Italian Sausage

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A flavorful homemade recipe for those who are tired of sweet pasta sauces. Serve over your favorite pasta with a tossed green salad and crusty garlic bread.

Meat Gravy

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This recipe is a family tradition. It has been handed down from generation to generation but never written down. There are things I'd like to explain before starting: some of the meats I use are interchangeable. The whole idea of a meat gravy is the different combination of meats, not the exact meats themselves. The two basic meats are pork and beef; some like to add veal, but I don't. Many in my family add their own third meat: some use poultry, mine is lamb. Some in our family only use beef and pork but I find it less tasty. Serve the sauce over your favorite pasta with grated cheese; I recommend Locatelli® Pecorino Romano. I also add meatballs and braciole to the sauce; see links below for those recipes.

Nana's Slow Cooked Meaty Tomato Sauce

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Although my grandma was Danish, she was famous for her slow-cooked Italian tomato sauce. It cooks a long time, but is well worth the wait.

Jansen's Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs

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I usually spend an afternoon preparing this and freeze leftovers in batches because it's that good. It will easily feed six or you can cut the entire recipe in half. Serve over your favorite spaghetti.

North Italian Meat Sauce (Ragu Bolognese)

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This recipe comes from Bologna, Italy. One unusual characteristic of this sauce is that there is no garlic in it--but there is a hint of ground nutmeg. Serve over hot cooked pasta.

Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

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This recipe has been handed down from my mother. It is a family favorite and will not be replaced! (Definite husband pleaser!)

BLT Pasta Carbonara

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The addition of summer tomatoes and spinach to this traditional dish brings things to a whole new level. The trick to the recipe is preparation, have all the ingredients ready to go as it comes together as quickly as it takes to boil the pasta.

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

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This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago -- it's great.

World's Best Pasta Sauce!

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Well, my Lasagna has become quite popular, and I think the sauce from that makes amazing meat sauce as well. So I thought I would post it by its self.

Inspiration and Ideas

Wedding Gift Spaghetti Sauce

"This is the best spaghetti sauce I've ever had or ever made! There wasn't one drop left. If I could, I would give this 10 STARS!" – Candice

Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

"Awesome sauce. I freeze batches and just pull it out when I need it." – regina

Mom's Sweet Spaghetti Sauce

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My mom has made this sauce ever since before I was born. My whole family and all my friends love it. I love it cause it's sweet and different from all the other spicy and tart sauces.