My Neighbor's Meat Sauce

Total Time
6hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs

I have always hated tomato based sauces (even ketchup) until my neighbor had us over for dinner and served this. Makes a huge batch so I generally use half for spaghetti and then make lasagna's with the rest.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium low heat and sauté onion until soft and just starting to caramelize. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add meat and stir to break up slightly - no need to cook through.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir constantly for 5 minutes to break up the meat more thoroughly.
  4. Cook over low heat for 4-6 hours stirring every 15 minutes the first hour and then once or twice an hour after that.
  5. Add additional salt to taste - I have also added extra dried Italian herbs, garlic and onion powder to punch up those flavors.
Most Helpful

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This was a pretty good tasting and fairly easy sauce to make. It doesn't have the traditional taste that I am used to in a pasta sauce, but my family really did enjoy this in the lasagna I used it in. I used this recipe with Baking*Belle's recipe for Garfield's Lasagna which I just added the vegetables in that recipe to at the end. I followed the ingredient list precisely and then started to cook this on the stove-top as indicated and switched it to a crock pot for the 6 hour simmer time. I had enough sauce for two meals, so the second half of the batch is waiting in the freezer for a hectic night. Thank you for a great sauce Baking Barb! Made for PAC Spring 2014.