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All-Purpose Meat Sauce Recipe

All-Purpose Meat Sauce Recipe

Meet the Cook: Experimenting with different herbs and spices led to this husband does not like bland food! I now make it for him and our three children - 5, 3 and 22 months - at least once a week. Marc says it's even better the next day. -Sonja Fontaine, Winnipeg, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch each dried thyme, tarragon and ground cinnamon
  • Hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper to taste


  • 1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the beef and garlic until beef is browned; drain. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce is as thick as desired, stirring occasionally. Serve over pasta or rice, or use for making lasagna, pizza, chili dogs, tacos or sloppy joes. Yield: 4 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 142 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 721mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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STLAnnie User ID: 8100392 11193
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"We found this recipe a couple of years ago and have used it many times. My daughter just asked for it again tonight. We use about 1 tsp of cayenne pepper. The cinnamon really adds a great flavor. Thank you for one of our favorite recipes!"

crysmitchell User ID: 5044355 10024
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"I have made this several times. One of our faves. I ALWAYS double the recipe because it very versatile. The cinnamon and hot sauce give it a unique flavor. Love this!"

Martysue User ID: 1306478 8322
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"My husband is Italian and doesn't like bland food either. I also created my own meat sauce based on one that his Italian Aunt had made from Italy. It's almost identical to this one! It's FABULOUS! With our 5 children there are never any leftovers at the end of the night. I'll have to try it with cinnamon and hot peppers too."

Rshipman User ID: 6641747 8275
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"Added molasses and red pepper."

RrFleeger User ID: 6574028 200934
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"I made this for my family, I'm vegetarian they aren't. My nine year old Son ask for extra sauce. Tonight everyone had seconds. Thanks for a great recipe, I will make this again."

Cricket115 User ID: 4205238 25644
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"I love this so much I use it in Spaghetti and Lasagna!!"

shell87 User ID: 6159074 6557
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"a little spice"

Angela0614 User ID: 4086288 11191
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"Amazing sauce, easy to prepare. I put mine in the crock pot to simmer for a couple of hours. Will make again."

zobird User ID: 714782 24414
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"We don't like bland food either, so we loved this recipe. I added some chopped, fresh green pepper. My husband doesn't do pasta, so I added some cumin and chili powder and he loved it as chili. I ate it on pasta and thought it was great! It is a little sweet for me, so I might skip the sugar next time. Other than that, I won't change a thing. There were no leftovers!"

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