Homemade Hearty Garlic Meat Sauce (Lasagna Meat Sauce) Recipe

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Homemade tomato meat sauce in just under an hour (plus 15 min prep time). I like to use this sauce in my lasagna. Make sure to use fresh, good-quality ingredients.

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Servings: 8 Servings


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  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 small red onions, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1 lb ground meat (½ beef, ½ pork)
  • 2 (28 oz) cans pureed tomato sauce (pomodoro passato)
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 3 sage leaves (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt to taste (each layer is seasoned with salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
  • ¼ - ½ cup of milk (this helps to neutralize the acidity level from the tomatoes)


  1. 1. Heat olive oil and butter over medium-low heat, in a large saucepan. Add onion. Season with a small pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  2. 2. Add grated carrot and minced garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. 3. Add ground meat and cook till browned, about 6 minutes. You can either drain the fat at this point, or cook it a few more minutes till most of it has evaporated. (This adds more flavour). Season meat with a bit of salt and pepper. You can also add additional seasonings to the meat if you like, such as garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and/or paprika.
  4. 4. Add tomato sauce, basil, sage, bay leaf, and season the sauce with salt to taste. Cover saucepan and bring to a boil. Uncover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes, occassionally stirring.
  5. 5. Stir in tomato paste and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  6. 6. Turn off heat. Add 1-2 minced garlic cloves and milk. Cover with lid and let stand 10 minutes before using in the lasagna.
  7. A FEW NOTES: This sauce can also be served over pasta, gnocchi ravioli, tortellini, or used in a parmesan dish. This sauce freezes well.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 274g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 105  
Calories from Fat 36 34%
Total Fat 4.11g 5%
Saturated Fat 1.51g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 1163mg 48%
Potassium 818mg 23%
Total Carbs 16.26g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 13%
Sugars 12.05g 8%
Protein 3.83g 6%


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