Tangy Meat Sauce Recipe
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Tangy Meat Sauce Recipe

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This is the best meat sauce I’ve ever tried. It’s economical, timely and absolutely delicious. I often prepare batches for new moms because it can be kept in the freezer for future meals. Try it with ground chicken instead of beef, if you prefer. –Adalia Schweitzer, Hamilton, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 3 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 235 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1138mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 6g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. Crumble beef into a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Add the onion, green pepper and garlic. Cover and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, stirring frequently; drain.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, salt, basil and oregano. Cover and microwave at 70% power for 6-8 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 3 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Tangy Meat Sauce in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p35

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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greengummiebears User ID: 7673106 216921
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"This is my go to all time favorite spaghetti sauce. I always double or even triple it so we have extra to freeze. My girls are quite picky and this is their FAVE!!!!"

kdavis74 User ID: 5179212 108056
Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"I have made this meat sauce for years. Just today I couldn't find my tattered copy ripped from the magazine and went online in search of it. I'm very glad to have found it. This sauce is a bit on the sweet side, but my family and day care kids love it. I usually have to make a triple batch if I want to have any leftovers. This one's a keeper!"

asia96 User ID: 1019067 108043
Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"Very good. Nice and thick. easy to make."

becky8637 User ID: 2754900 157023
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"I used ground turkey and cider vinegar (just what I had) and made it on the stove and it was really good. My boyfriend and I both liked it. It has a bit of a different flavor than regular sauce (I guess that's the tangy), but we'd definitely have it again."

sassycarrie User ID: 4456912 138409
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"I cannot wait to try this recipe, minus the green peppers."

loabecker User ID: 2989253 81882
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"I haven't made the receipe yet, but it looks like something we would like; however, I will prepare it on the stovetop rather than microwave."

mybelleen User ID: 3351557 135767
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"This recipe is one of the best I have tried. The flavors blend together wonderfully. I made a few batches and froze them."

LeLimey User ID: 4716277 207667
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"This is a very good recipe. for anyone who knows anything about cooking at all, the sugar will cut the acidity of the tomatoes and vinegar rounding out the flavours. If you want to use fresh herbs double the quantities of the dried herbs and for those of you who "don't like green pepper" - trust me, it rounds the flavour and you don't taste it as such! My son hates garlic and peppers. If he ever finds out how much of both he eats he's going to be very upset!

I honestly think that the TOH team should take reviews where people change everything and then say they didn't like the recipe off a page as it's very misleading and gives an unfair rating to a recipe. Please don't be put off trying this by erroneous reviews. It's a super recipe."

DB124 User ID: 4998947 73117
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"TxVee - do not feed your dog onions or galic in any form or kind. It can damage their red blood cells and cause anemia."

dverzic User ID: 762717 135764
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"I don't understand the people (like TxVee) who completely change the recipe and then complain about it not being any good. Maybe you should have followed the recipe!"

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