20 minute homemade tomato meat sauce

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I just love cooking hearty meals this time of year. One of my family favorites is lasagna. My secret? The super flavorful, meaty tomato sauce. This recipe has never failed me and makes the perfect amount for lasagna. Enjoy !

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
1 medium onion
6 garlic cloves
1 pound breakfast sausage (jimmy dean)
1/4 cup heavy cream
28 oz tomato purée
28 oz diced tomatoes
Salt pepper

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large pot, add chopped onion. Cook 3 minutes until translucent but not browned. Add minced garlic and cook additional 3 minutes. Add sausage and break meat up into chunks. Cook mixture an additional 5 minutes until meat loses raw color. Add heavy cream and cook 3 minutes. Adds tomato puree and diced tomatoes, cooking an additional 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

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*Note- once cooled, this sauce can be layered with no boil lasagna noodles, shredded mozzarella cheese and a ricotta cheese/Parmesan cheese/egg mixture to make a delicious lasagna. Bake 350 for 30 minutes.

This sauce is also delicious on plain pasta!

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About the author: I am a sometimes Physical Therapist who is currently staying home with her two little boys (and one more bundle on the way!) I love photography, cloth diapering, cooking, couponing, blogging and playing with my kids!

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  • My boyfriend LOVES meat sauce with his pasta, and i’ve tried all different kinds…but I’ve never put cream in it. Looks interesting….I wonder if he’ll like it.

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  • This sounds delicious!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  • Looks good. I need to try it.

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  • I love sauces like this ,and will make some –thanks for the recipe

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  • this sounds so yummy, never thought of using heavy cream though.. will have to give this a shot :) Thanks for sharing @tisonlyme143

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  • It must be delicious.

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  • I dont consider myself much of a cook, but I often surprise my self. My SO’s favorite food is Lasagna so I will have to give this a try for him real soon! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • I’ve never heard of using heavy cream and breakfast sausage in a meat tomato sauce.

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  • I always buy my sauce….will have to try this….

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  • I am guilty of buying the premade lasagna because I thought it would be to complicated, this definately looks easy! Thanks!

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  • Going to have to try this one. I make a similar sauce minus the cream but it looks delicious!

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  • Looks delicious and easy. I am definitely going to give this a try. I am fed up of tomato sauces out of cans and packs.

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  • I’ll show to this to DH; he’s become quite a cook since he retired!

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  • looks great i have to try making myself thanks for sharing

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  • Cream cheese works too!

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  • Looks like a quick and easy sauce to make. However, whenever I make a lasagna or spaghetti sauce, I start early in the morning as all of mine are made from scratch right down to fresh tomatoes that are stewed and later placed in the food processor to break them down. I do use 2 small cans of tomato paste to help thicken the sauce some. I use italian sausage links (browned and sliced) as well as 2 lbs of pork sausage in the sauce. Once I have all the ingredients (much more than just tomatoes/paste and meat) together in one pan, I let them simmer gently for most of the day so the flavors have a chance to blend together. I have never had anything but compliments on my sauces.

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  • This looks incredible! We love spaghetti! Can’t wait to try it!

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  • Oh that looks delicious, I never would of thought to put breakfast sausage or heavy cream in it. Now you have given me some ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Looks and sounds delicious. This would be great for my homemade lasagna or manicotti.
    Thanks for the recipe , it sounds easy to make.

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  • Wow, this looks really good. I am going to try your recipe tonight. nothing like good pasta with tomato meat sauce.

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  • Wow…the cream has me really interested. I’m glad you showed the finished photo, too.

    I’m bookmarking the recipe. Thanks!

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  • I CAN SMELL IT THIS NOW–THANKS FOR THE RECIPE I WILL TRY……

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  • This recipe sounds delicious. I never thought to add heavy cream to a tomato sauce, but then I’m not a “cook” either. Thanks for the great recipe. :-)

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  • yum! You had me at Heavy Cream! LOL.

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  • What a great recipe. Next time I will make my own. Thanks for sharing

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  • I have all the ingredients for this and Italian sounds great for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing.

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  • This looks fantastic, thanks for sharing with us!

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  • love this recipe, its easy and quick, and delicious.

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  • I’ve never heard of a meat sauce recipe with half and half as an ingredient. The lasagna looks so delicious!

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  • I made something with cream and sauce recently and it was great, never thought of using breakfast sausage, how different for me. I guess i can try it or they sometimes they sell sausage meat without the casing, sort of like chopmeat….it does sound delicious however.
    If I’m not cooking real sauce I hate jarred. i can tolerate jarred if its on ravioli because the cheese in the ravioli covers up the bad taste. this would be a quick alternative to jarred when i don’t have time to make a large pot of sauce

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  • This such a speedy recipe…thank you so much!!

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  • Woahh!!! this recipe looks so great! its an easy way to make and im sure its as tasty as it looks!! I need to try this out soon.. hope it turns out well just as yours. Thank you very much for the lovely recipe!..:)

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  • This looks like a really great recipe. The addition of cream makes it look really interesting. May have to try it!!

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  • Looks delicious and easy enough to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Oh my gosh this sounds so good

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  • It’s not even 10am when I see this and i want to make it badly! YUM!

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  • this sounds good…

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  • This sounds way better than out of a jar. But, is it less acidic than others? I think I’ll pin this for later reference.

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  • I never thought of using cream, but it sound yummy

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  • Sounds interesting.I also have a homemade lasagna recipe that’s pretty good.I like reading and trying new recipes. Thanks.

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  • I’ve never used cream in mine either but that looks REALLY good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  • I love lasagna too! lol Thanks for this lovely recipe!

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  • I have used cream for white sauces, but not yet tried in tomato sauces. Thanks for the recipe and the idea.

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  • Looks wonderful, I have never tried using heavy cream in my meat sauce. I am going to try this recipe next week

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