Easy Meat Sauce

Simple Meat Sauce

Simple Meat Sauce

Use the leanest ground beef you can and the best canned tomatoes will be plum tomatoes, especially San Marzano, which should be pureed in a food processor or broken up by hand. Cook the sauce until it’s a consistency you like, longer for a thicker sauce or less for more liquid. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 3 - 4 servings

Simple Meat Sauce


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 28 ounce can plum tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste

  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. In a large pan on medium-high, heat the oil and sauté onion & garlic for 2 minutes.
  2. Add beef. Cook & stir for 4 minutes until pink is gone.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and cook uncovered, over medium heat for about 20 minutes.

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7 Comments on "Simple Meat Sauce"

  1. Judy Kairys

    Very good recipe, I can’t believe how good it turned out.

  2. Allison

    I made this recipe for my son and he absolutely loved it!

  3. Taqwa Oleksandr

    My mother made it with minced rabbit meat, family favourite here in Baltics 🙂 Thanks Jenny for the recipe!

  4. sara

    I love your great recipes. Would you please use turmeric in your ingredients.

    Thank you

  5. Glyn

    Great recipe, Jenny. Thank you so much. Your web site is great as are your videos, and I Love your sense of humour.

    As a matter of fact I remember seeing you doing stand-up on the old Super Dave Osborne show. Id you then, but I love you now. Please keep the recipes coming.

  6. Christine

    I LOVE LOVE this easy recipe.. my kids devoured it. Thanks jenny.

  7. Deborah Sanford

    I cooked this tonight and it was wonderful. My family loved it. I added Italian seasoning and Parsley flakes.

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