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Meat Sauce

average rating is 3 out of 5, based on 150 votes

Looking for a delicious, low-carb alternative to traditional spaghetti with meat sauce? Look no further than this flavorful and easy-to-make recipe! With lean ground beef, a variety of herbs and spices, and canned crushed tomatoes, this sauce is full of flavor and sure to satisfy your cravings.

Serving suggestions/tips:

Serve the Meat Sauce over your favorite pasta, such as spaghetti, penne, or rigatoni.

Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of fresh basil for added flavor.

This sauce is also great for topping grilled vegetables or baked potatoes.

Make a big batch of the sauce and freeze it in smaller portions for easy future meals.



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  • 4 oz lean ground beef

  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes (no added sugar)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp onion, minced

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp dried basil

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add minced garlic and minced onion to the saucepan. Sauté for about 2 minutes until they become fragrant and slightly golden.

  3. Add the ground beef to the saucepan and cook until it browns, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.

  4. Once the beef is browned, add the crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir well to combine.

  5. Add dried oregano, dried basil, paprika, sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir again to incorporate all the ingredients.

  6. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

  7. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Add more salt, pepper, or herbs if desired.

  8. Once the sauce has thickened to your liking, it's ready to be served.

  9. You can serve the meat sauce over your choice of pasta or use it as a topping for grilled vegetables or baked potatoes.


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