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Meat Sauce for Pasta

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour


About 14 servings

"I freeze a batch of this chunky sauce when I know I'll be entertaining weekend guests," says Alberta McKay of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. "It easily defrosts and reheats for a hearty meal in no time."


  • 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, chili powder and pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Hot cooked pasta


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook meat and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, parsley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Uncover; simmer 15 minutes longer or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Discard bay leaves. Freeze in meal-size portions.
  3. To use frozen meat sauce: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan; heat through. Serve over pasta.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 128 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • pldweddle
    Dec 2, 2012

    No comment left

  • gettaf
    Mar 31, 2009

    I love this recipe for my large family. It is convenient and extremely versatile.

  • fayecox
    Mar 9, 2009

    I will definately make tis, this week_end and freeze some of it.Can't wait to eat some over pasta. Sounds delious.

  • faye_100
    Jun 16, 2008

    fantastic we love it