Bolognese Sauce (Basic Meat Sauce)

Are you tired of your old boring jar of pasta sauce?  Ready to kick it up a notch without growing your own garden and canning?  This recipe enables Italian night to be simple and gourmet at the same time.  With another freezer friendly recipe to add to your collection, this sauce promises happy bellies and many requests for “more please!”

This Bolognese sauce is meaty, hearty, and packed with fresh Italian flavor.  It pairs well with pasta, but can also be used as a simple lasagna filling or used for dipping your favorite garlic bread in. By the time you cook your pasta or ravioli, your sauce can be thawed and heated, a salad can be thrown together, and you have a great at-home date night.  For added presentation grate some fresh Parmesan on top before serving!  Enjoy!


1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. ground pork

1 lb. ground sausage

3 Tbsp. butter

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3-5 garlic cloves, minced

3 jars of your favorite red sauce

3 Tbsp. fresh chopped herbs (parsley, oregano or basil)

2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 Tbsp. sugar


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Using a large skillet, brown your “magic three” meats until cooked through.


Drain the grease using a colander and set aside in the sink.  Meanwhile, return the pan to medium heat and add the  butter and olive oil to the pan.  Once the butter has melted, saute the onions.



Once the onion is soft, add the minced garlic and saute for one more minute.

Next add the 3 jars of sauce, and stir to incorporate all the flavor. Reduce the temperature to low and stir in the Italian seasoning and whatever fresh herbs you have on hand.  Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes to wake up the flavor in the herbs.


Add the previously cooked meat trio into the sauce and sprinkle a pinch to a Tbsp. of sugar on top.  Slowly stir and simmer for another 5 minutes.


Turn the heat off and cover to let cool. Once the sauce is cool, divide into containers and freeze.


I usually get 5 containers with this recipe.  Each container is 1 meal with 4 servings per meal.

Also, this sauce goes perfectly with these freezer friendly meatballs! 



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