I’ve searched high and low for a really, really good meat sauce. To be used on spaghetti, in lasagna, on stuffed shells – whatever I please.

This one fits the bill to a “T”. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting to photograph it. But c’mon – you know what spaghetti sauce looks like, right?!

Here’s the recipe, with my alterations (although minor)

The Best Meat Sauce


1 lb. ground beef, turkey, chicken or Italian sausage

2 cans (14 oz.) petite diced tomatoes

2 cans (14 oz.) tomato sauce

1 can tomato paste

2 cans water, use the tomato sauce can

2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp dried onion

3 Tbsp sugar (or to taste. for me, that’s more like 2 tbsp)

salt to taste

1 Tbsp dried oregano

1 Tbsp dried basil

2 Tbsp dried parsley

Brown meat along with garlic and onion.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water.  Stir and then add sugar and seasonings.  Season to taste. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.  Allow it to simmer for several hours.  If it gets too thick, just add some additional water or tomato sauce.   Stirring frequently. Freezes well.

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