Meaty Italian Pasta Sauce (easy)

Nor M.


This is how I make my pasta sauce. I use jarred Marinara sauce. I use a brand that is preservative free, and all natural. You may also use your favorite marinara sauce as well. No need to slave all day in the kitchen. I use a combination of herbs. They sweeten the sauce naturally. There is no need to add sugar or sweetener to this delicious sauce. It makes a large pot. It is great for freezing for additional meals. This sauce is perfect to serve over any pasta. It is also a great sauce for layering a Lasagna. Enjoy Everyone!

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20 Min


1 Hr 30 Min


Stove Top


96 oz
(4 jars ) marinara sauce.) i use fransesco rinaldi
italian sweet sausage links
2 lb
ground beef lean
large onion ( i use sweet)
1 1/4 c
diced bell pepper ( red, green, or yellow
1 pkg
sliced mushrooms optional
4 clove
crushed, grated,or minced fresh garlic
1 tsp
dried marjoram
3 tsp
dried oregano
1 tsp
dried basil
1/2 tsp
dried rosemary
1/2 tsp
garlic salt
1/4 -1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes ( add 1/2 tsp for a subtle bite)

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat oven to 420° . Foil Lin e a large sheet pan. Place sausage links on sheet pan. Place in oven to cook approximately 15 minutes. Turn sausage to other side. Cooking additional 15 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside.
Pour the jars of sauce in a large kettle. Add all of the spices and the garlic. Place burner on medium heat.
Sauté the vegetables in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook vegetables until onions are lightly caramelized. Add vegetables to the sauce. Stir to combine.
Sausage should have cooled by now. Slice sausage links in to 1 to 2 inch wide pieces. You may leave a few of them just cut in half if you prefer. Add the sausage to the sauce. Stir to combine.
Fry ground beef until cooked through and brown. Drain Grease from meat. Add to the sauce. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to low temperature. Stir now and then. Cook for about an hour, or more. Do not leave unattended for an hour. You must stir the sauce now and then. Make sure it doesn't scorch. Serve over your favorite pasta. Freeze remaining sauce in the Ziploc bags.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian