Dairy Farmers of Canada

Maria’s Best Pasta Sauce

Add this great tasting meat and tomato sauce to your dinnertime repertoire. Toss it with spaghetti or other pasta, use it in lasagna, or as a base for other dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie, Sloppy Joes or Chili. The cream smoothes out the flavour and creates a luscious sauce.

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
Yields 4 - 6 servings
maria s best pasta sauce
The meat sauce proposed in this video stands out from the crowd thanks to the addition of cream that makes it both rich and velvety. Serve it over pasta or use it as a base for chili or lasagna. Practical and quick to make, it’s a great way to prepare a nutritious meal in no time!


  • 1 lb (450 g) lean ground beef or lean ground pork
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 10 % cream or 18 % cream
  • 2 cups (500 mL) canned crushed tomatoes
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In a deep pot over high heat, brown ground beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, hot pepper flakes, breaking up beef with a spoon, for about 8 min or until beef is no longer pink. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour in cream and boil, stirring, for 3 min or until about half is absorbed. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat and boil gently, stirring often, for about 5 min until flavours are blended and sauce is thickened. Addsalt and pepper to taste.


Double or triple this recipe to have on hand for quick meals. Spoon sauce into smaller containers, let cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

If you have any extra canned crushed tomatoes, measure the amount and transfer to an airtight container. Mark the amount on the lid and freeze for another use.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 232 Calories
Protein: 19 g
Carbohydrate: 9 g
Fat: 13 g
Fibre: 1.4 g
Sodium: 286 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 9 % / 94 mg
Iron: 23 %
Niacin: 21 %
Vitamin B12: 99 %
Zinc: 49 %