Best Meat Marinara Sauce Recipe

Best Meat Marina Sauce? Why yes it is! ;) This recipe takes longer than 30 min but is great to make in bulk batches and freeze so you can have quick pasta nights later on! 

My dad was a chef. Not by trade, but as long as he was alive, he was in the kitchen making amazing meals. His chili and meat sauces were the BEST! After he passed away, I inherited all of his recipes and my grandma’s.

Now, I’ve perfected the meat sauce and am ready to share it with all of you.

worlds best meat marinara


Best Meat Marinara Sauce
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Generous pinch of
  1. Rosemary
  2. Basil
  3. Oregano
  4. Thyme
  5. Fresh ground black pepper
Regular pinch of
  1. Marjoram
  2. Garlic Powder
  3. Dry Minced Onion flakes
The rest
  1. 1 tsp+ of Chili Powder
  2. 1 cup, prepared beef bullion
  3. 3/4 cup red wine (I prefer sweet red in my sauce, but experiment and see what you like)
  4. 1 full size, whole bay leaf
  5. 1 med onion, chopped
  6. 3 large garlic gloves, chopped
  7. 1 - 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with puree (I prefer organic fire roasted)
  8. 1 - 8oz can of tomato sauce
  9. 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained.
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot or small stock pot. cook over medium heat for 1 hour, or until sauce is reduced 1 inch.
  2. Uncover and cook for 45min - 1 hour or until the sauce is reduced another half inch.
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