Meat Sauce

This recipe is completely unglamorous. There is nothing fancy or inventive. It’s just a great, basic Italian-style sauce that travels and freezes well. It is my go-to dish for taking to friends who need a meal. In fact, whenever I make a batch, it’s a pretty good bet that someone has had surgery, a serious illness, a baby, or a death in the family. I made a double batch this week, so we had it for dinner, three other families will be having it for dinner, and we have a container in the freezer for a rainy day meal. Add a box of pasta, and you’ve got 3 food groups covered.

Yield: One batch should give you enough for three family meals.


  • 1 pound italian sausage with fennel seeds
  • 1 pound ground beef (we use ground round)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cans (28-oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 – 1 cup good Chianti
  • 42 oz. canned diced tomatoes (1.5 big cans or 3 small cans)
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped


  1. Brown the meats over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, saute until translucent.
  3. Add garlic and oregano, cook 2 minutes.
  4. Add wine, tomatoes, sugar, and 1 tsp. salt.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer 1-2 hours.
  6. Stir in basil, cook for a few more minutes.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and/or sugar as needed.

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