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Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is a recipe that everyone should have in their repertoire! This hearty, meaty sauce is always a hit with adults and kiddos alike.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 594 kcal



  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage hot or mild
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti noodles


  • In a skillet or pot large enough to fit all of the sauce, add olive oil and Italian sausage. Cook over medium heat. Strain to remove oil and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of pan drippings.
  • Add the onion and garlic. Cook until they turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the wine. Be sure to scrape up any yummy bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook 3 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil and oregano. Return sausage to sauce. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper as needed. Cook for at least 1 hour, I sometimes like to cook it as long as 3 hours. (Note: I have had some experiences with some salty Italian sausage so I like to add my salt and pepper after the sausage has had time to cook in the sauce.)
  • About 20 minutes before you are ready to eat. Start your pasta and cook according to package directions. Strain.
  • Place pasta in a pasta bowl and top with sauce.


Nutrition information for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 594kcalCarbohydrates: 59.5gProtein: 23.9gFat: 28.1gSaturated Fat: 9.2gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 834mgFiber: 6.2gSugar: 11.4g
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