Grandma's Simple 6-Ingredient Meat Sauce Recipe for Pasta by Donna John

Grandma's Simple 6-Ingredient Meat Sauce Recipe for Pasta

Grandma always had a jar of spaghetti sauce in her cabinet, but I honesty think it was the same one my whole childhood. The only pasta sauce I remember her making required cans of tomatoes and tomato paste – this recipe. So simple, yet perfect.

Occasionally I would see her throw in a pinch of sugar. Sometimes she would add in Italian sausage as well, but not often. Ground beef was the meat of choice for this meat sauce recipe. Serve it over your favorite pasta or use to make an incredible lasagna.

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large pot until cooked through. Break up the meat as you stir. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. 
  2. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and gently simmer about 45 minutes. (You can add a little water if you want a thinner sauce.)

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