Tomato Basil Meat Sauce

Confession: I'm the weird girl who eats an entire bowl of sauce. No pasta... just straight up sauce. It can't be any old sauce, though-- it has to be meat sauce. It's got to be filling & hearty with tons of ground meat & veggies. When it's made like that, who needs pasta? 

Okay, you may think I'm crazy... but try it! It's that good. No need for a mound of glutenous, nutrition-free pasta sitting at the bottom of your bowl soaking up all your sauce's flavor & goodness. ;) 

This recipe is one that I picked up from my boyfriend's mom. She made this once when I was over, & I fell in love! She's a great cook, so I assumed it must have taken her awhile to prepare... But, I was pleasantly surprised when she let me in on her simple recipe. 

I love making a big batch of this for dinner on a night when I have a little extra time, then saving the rest to take for lunches & dinners on-the-go throughout the week. It freezes well, too!

So, here I am to share it with all of you-- with her permission of course! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :)


  • 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce*
  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach, torn (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper, to taste 

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté the ground beef until almost completely browned (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add the bell peppers, onion, spinach & garlic, and continue to cook until the veggies are tender-crisp (about 3 minutes).
  4. Pour the marinara sauce over top & stir to combine.
  5. Add the basil, red pepper flakes, salt, & pepper.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes while the flavors combine.
  7. Serve!
*I use Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce, which I talked about more in this post. Try to go for the most natural jarred sauce you can find, or make your own! 

Yum! Let me know if you try it out! :)
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Mackenzy Bailey said...

I love "just sauce" too!!

Michelle Bahr said...

Another knockout dish. I just polished off a bowl of this with some zucchini noodles I made using my fantastic Veggetti. So simple, so filling, and so yummy.

Jessie B said...

SO happy you like this! The pictures are kind of old & not-so-great, but this recipe is one of my favorites! so easy!!!