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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Simple Meat Sauce

21 Comments on "Simple Meat Sauce"

  1. Shelly

    Jenny on your spaghetti sauce can I just use a can of purées tomatoes as I don’t have a food processor.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I just tried it with canned pureed tomatoes and it’s thicker than using the whole tomatoes that you process but it did taste good, although I added some water to thin the sauce.

    • Norma

      I also have no food processor, but look for cans of crushed tomatoes without “tomato paste” or “tomato concentrate” as an ingredient. You’ve got to look, but they are out there. Lots of the purees have tomato paste added, and some are even made of tomato paste plus water & salt & for me that kills the freshness. If I’m cooking only for myself, I’ll open a small (approx. 13.5 ounce) can of stewed tomatoes that have basil &/or other Italian herbs & seasonings. The meat & Parmesan & 3 tBsps of dry red wine round it out better than many restaurants. Leftover tomatoes go on tomorrow’s Chicken Parmesan lunch.

  2. Jenny Can Cook

    I made this tonight and I added a cup of finely sliced Swiss chard. It didn’t change the taste at all but added some nutrition. I served it on rigatoni.

  3. Darlene Swain

    Can I use a can of purée tomatoes instead of plum tomatoes

  4. norman ingram jr

    got to make this…….

  5. Jean

    Hi Jenny- wish I could cook as good as make it look soeasy.I still try to copy your recipes

  6. Dave

    The best. You are awesome Jenny

  7. Jodi

    Can I use penne pasta

  8. Shay

    Why aren’t you making more videos???

  9. june

    loved this recipe. what kind of olive oil do you use to saute onion and garlic (light, regular, virgin)?

  10. june

    love your videos!! have made the meatloaf, beef stew (made with chicken), meatballs made with ground chicken and the salmon patties. Love them all!!My question is what kind of olive oil (light, virgin, regular) that you use to saute onions and garlic?

    Thank you

    • Jenny

      I usually use extra virgin olive oil. See “Brands I Use” in my blog.

  11. Judy Kairys

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

  12. Allison

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

  13. Taqwa Oleksandr

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

  14. sara

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

    Thank you

  15. 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.

  16. Christine

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

  17. 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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