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Meatball sauce with meatballs in a bowl next to bread

Meatball Sauce Recipe (Italian Meat Sauce)

Isabel Laessig
My meatball sauce recipe is an Italian meat sauce filled with so much flavor! Fragrant and delicious, pair it with meatballs and pasta.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 11 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 16 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 396 kcal


  • Dutch oven or large pot
  • Wooden spoon or spatula


  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 pound pork loin cubed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 28 oz. tomato sauce cans
  • 1 small onion or half 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cooked meatballs


  • Place a large deep pan or Dutch Oven over high heat and add olive oil. Add onion and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
    ¼ cup olive oil, 1 small onion
    Cooking onions in a pot
  • Stir in minced garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions are golden.
    1 Tablespoon minced garlic
    Cooking garlic with onions in a pot
  • Add sausage and pork loin to the pan. Cook until meat is golden brown, stirring occasionally.
    1 pound pork loin, 1 pound sausage
    Cooking sausage and pork loin in a pot
  • Gradually pour in tomato sauce. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste, and Italian seasoning.
    1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, 4 28 oz. tomato sauce cans, ½ teaspoon sugar, salt & pepper
    Adding tomato sauce to meat sauce in pot
  • Stir and add in cooked meatballs. Cover and simmer 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
    cooked meatballs
    Meatballs in sauce in a pot
  • Serve over pasta, and enjoy!
    Mixing meatball sauce in a pot



  • Make a double batch of sauce and freeze half for later! That way you always have more of this delicious meatball sauce recipe on hand.
  • Prepare your meatballs before making the sauce. By the time both cook together for a few hours, the flavor is incredible! There is nothing better than cooking meatballs in the sauce and enjoying it for dinner later with some pasta at the end of the day. It makes the best spaghetti sauce!


Calories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 26gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 2171mgPotassium: 1499mgFiber: 6gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 1525IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Italian meat sauce, meat sauce recipe, meatball sauce, meatball sauce recipe
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