Quick and Easy Italian Meat Sauce

This is a quick and easy version of my grandmother's famous Italian pasta sauce!

This Quick and Easy Italian Meat Sauce is a homemade pasta sauce that’s rich and thick, while taking less than 20 minutes to make!

This is a quick and easy version of my grandmother's famous Italian pasta sauce!

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I can’t believe I have never shared my go-to pasta sauce with you guys!

I actually had some of the youth girls from my church over last month to teach them three easy pasta sauces to make, and my Italian Meat Sauce was one of them.

Then I realized that, even though I make this at least twice a month, I haven’t shared it with my wonderful blog readers yet!!

This is a quick and easy version of my grandmother's famous Italian pasta sauce!

Well shame on me!

Once you taste this super easy recipe, you’ll be hooked!

It’s basically a condensed version of my grandma’s pasta sauce that takes 8 hours to cook, boiled down to just 20 minutes!

How do I do it? Well, I use lots of flavorful ingredients to boost the flavor of the sauce without adding extra time!

This is a quick and easy version of my grandmother's famous Italian pasta sauce!

A classic Italian meat sauce will simmer for hours to blend all the flavors together and thicken the sauce.

I don’t add a lot of liquid, so there is minimal simmering. Items like crushed tomatoes with basil and Italian diced tomatoes add flavor and richness without all the fuss.

Go for an Italian ground sausage rather than ground beef, which will add more spice and flavor too. I usually always go with fresh onions and garlic, but when I’m in a pinch and don’t have any on hand, I used dried too.

If you want it with a little kick of spice, toss in a pinch of red pepper flakes too.

This is a quick and easy version of my grandmother's famous Italian pasta sauce!

Once you try this super simple recipe on top of a bed of hot pasta you’ll be hooked for life!

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Quick and Easy Italian Meat Sauce

This is a quick and easy version of my grandmother's famous Italian pasta sauce!

This Quick and Easy Italian Meat Sauce is a homemade pasta sauce that’s rich and thick, while taking less than 20 minutes to make!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 min.
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes with italian herbs
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp Dried Italian Herbs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Brown the Italian sausage, onion and garlic in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, italian herbs and sugar. Bring the mixture to a light boil and reduce heat to a simmer. The longer you let the mixture simmer the more flavorful it will become. Simmer at least 10 minutes. Serve over freshly cooked pasta or in lasagna. Enjoy!

Keywords: Italian, meat, sausage, tomato, quick, easy

This is a quick and easy version of my grandmother's famous Italian pasta sauce!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
8 Responses
  1. This is the first time I was surprised at one of your recipes! Usually I am happy to follow. There are quick and easy recipes. There are shortcuts to recipes. But I am sorry! My East-Coast Italian says there is no fast Italian Sauces. Sauce is Gravy! Gravy is rich and full bodied. You want quick? Eat out! This is a great, get it on the table and feed the family recipe! Which has it’s merits. Any Italian will tell you “quick sauce” in not in their cooking vocabulary. Mama would not understand.!! Back to the drawing board on this one. Slow and easy is the goal. If we are to eat fabulous foods, we need to follow traditional methods. Not everything should be based on speed.

  2. Joy

    I made this today, and it is now my favorite recipe for spaghetti sauce! I have tried many over the years, but this one is the most delicious and easy! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Colleen

    I just made this sauce and it is incredible. I have been trying several spaghetti sauce recipes to get the one that I like. This is it! No need to look any further and it couldn’t be any easier. Thanks so much!

  4. That looks so nice and I love the quick and easy way of making it.
    Time is often the restraining factor; hence I appreciate fast, health and delicious recipes:-)
    Thanks for sharing!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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