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The Best Italian Meat Sauce (Easy Recipe)

This Italian meat sauce recipe uses tender veal and beef and is made from scratch using delicious quality tomatoes for an easy recipe that takes 30 minutes to make. Skip the jar!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian Meat Sauce Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Ali Randall


  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound hot Italian pork sausage
  • 2 28 ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 14 ounce cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 tablespoon diced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon each - dried parsley, basil and oregano
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes


  • Saute the onion in olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the onion has softened, brown the veal and sausage using a wooden spoon.
  • Remove the excess grease using a ladle from the pot before adding the garlic.
  • Saute the garlic for several minutes.
  • Add the canned tomatoes and Italian seasonings.
  • Simmer on low heat for up to an hour. Add cheese and stir before serving.


This updated recipe was originally published October 31, 2016.