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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Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

Rating: 4.5 stars 1362
This recipe has been handed down from my mother. It is a family favorite and will not be replaced! (Definite husband pleaser!)

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 3662
This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago -- it's great.
By Jeremy

How to Make Bolognese Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 174
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 81
This Italian sausage and ground beef recipe is full of vegetables and Italian herbs u002du002d 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

Rating: 4.5 stars 54
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 157
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

Rating: 5 stars 11
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 Locatelliu0026reg; Pecorino Romano. I also add meatballs and braciole to the sauce; see links below for those recipes.

Nana's Slow Cooked Meaty Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 81
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.

North Italian Meat Sauce (Ragu Bolognese)

Rating: 4.5 stars 69
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.

Jansen's Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs

Rating: 4 stars 6
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.

World's Best Pasta Sauce!

Rating: 4.5 stars 1053
Use this flavorful meat tomato sauce in lasagna or on your favorite pasta.

Slow Cooker Bolognese

Rating: 4.5 stars 269
A very thick and hearty meat sauce simmered in the slow cooker.

Inspiration and Ideas

Wedding Gift Spaghetti Sauce
Rating: Unrated 228
"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
Rating: Unrated 535
"Awesome sauce. I freeze batches and just pull it out when I need it." – regina
Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef
Rating: 4.5 stars 1346

Spaghetti topped with this meaty spaghetti sauce will be a family favorite.