This easy meat sauce recipe is the perfect addition to just about any meal. Tender ground beef is simmered in a delicious tomato base with onions, garlic, and seasonings. It’s a versatile, easy, and low carb sauce that is ready in just 35 minutes!

We love using this homemade meat sauce recipe in low carb spaghetti squash with meat sauce. It is seriously flavorful. Add some roasted radishes and a caesar salad, and you have a delicious low carb meal that will leave you more than satisfied!

When anyone ever first learns to cook, a standard meat sauce recipe is like training wheels. Especially kids just learning their way around a kitchen! There’s nothing like the heavenly aroma of a good Italian meat sauce coming from the kitchen. Homemade meat sauce, once perfected, will be a versatile addition to your recipe box for years to come!

Low Carb Meat Sauce in a skillet

How To Make Meat Sauce

Preparation is key for this recipe. The freshest and best ingredients always produce the best results. Be sure to make this meat sauce in batches because it freezes great and will be a lifesaver on busy weeknights! Try to find the freshest meat and use fresh garlic, basil and onions.

Good quality canned tomatoes will cook down into a rich, deep red color that makes this easy spaghetti meat sauce look and taste just as good on zucchini noodles or pasta. Don’t forget, this can be an easy meat sauce for lasagna too, even zucchini lasagna!

Most Italian meat sauces are a combination of beef and pork, which add additional texture and flavor. No self-respecting home cook will deny that a healthy infusion of garlic and onion will add a depth of intense flavor and finding the right balance may take some trial and error. Remember, a great homemade meat sauce is part of your culinary signature! Experiment with this basic meat sauce recipe. 

Looking for an easy slow cooker meat sauce? You don’t need a slow cooker for a slow-cooked flavor. Just be sure not to drain the tomatoes! You want to keep all that juice for a rich, slow-cooked flavor that will welcome everyone into the kitchen for a taste!

ingredients for making Low Carb Meat Sauce in a skillet

What To Do With Leftover Spaghetti Meat Sauce

There is always a way to use up a good Italian meat sauce. Freezing extra portions in quart size bags makes an easy grab for a base for chili, a topping on sloppy joes or even to scoop over a breakfast omelet with some shredded cheese!

Serve it over zucchini noodles, and a crisp green salad, some rosemary mushrooms and a side chaffle for an easy, hearty meal the family will love!

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Low Carb Meat Sauce in a skillet
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Easy Low Carb Meat Sauce

This easy meat sauce recipe is the perfect addition to just about any meal. Tender ground beef is simmered in a delicious tomato base with onions, garlic, and seasonings. It's a versatile, easy, and low carb sauce that is ready in just 35 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 onion divided
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes undrained
  • 8 oz tomato sauce low carb/sugar free
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • Brown garlic, onion, and ground beef in a large skillet until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add Italian seasoning, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, and salt & pepper to taste. 
  • Summer uncovered 10 minutes or until thickened. Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. Sprinkle with parsley.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 778mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    My family loved this! Great flavor, but I did add some Parmesan cheese at the end. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely nummy! I will actually try and can some of this this weekend so I’ll always have some on the ready for low carb lasagna or over zoodles.

  3. 5 stars
    Just terrific! So glad I found your site. Eating low carb is a necessity for preserving my health, and I find cooking challenging. Your site is full of just what I need.