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Italian Meat Sauce with Ground Beef and Italian Sausage - Smooth, delicious and easy to make! Take spaghetti night to the next level!
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5 from 3 votes

Italian Meat Sauce

Take spaghetti night to the next level!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people


  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion or large shallot finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb italian sausage I like mild, but you can go spicy if you want!
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes or 2 15 oz cans
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp worchestershire
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt more to taste
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 parmesan rind

For serving

  • 2 lb pasta of your choice I like bronze cut
  • 1/2 C freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley for sprinkling on top


  • In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil, then add the chopped onion. Cook until onion is translucent. Add sausage and ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, until browned and cooked through.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and all seasonings. 
  • Turn down to a simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add parmesan rind and butter and continue simmering for another 15 minutes. 
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve some of the pasta cooking water. 
  • Taste sauce, add salt if needed. If sauce is too thick, add 1/2 C of pasta cooking water as many times as needed. I usually just add this once, but it depends on your preference. 
  • Serve pasta with sauce on top or mix together. Top it off with plenty of parmesan and parsley. Delizioso!!!


Using bronze cut pasta will help sauce stick the noodles. Trust me, it makes a big difference in both flavor and texture. It costs a bit more, but when you're making such special sauce, you want to be sure your pasta is on point!