How To Make The Best Meat Sauce in Under 30 Minutes

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 people


  • 1/4 pound pepperoni (chopped)
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage (out of casing)
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage (out of casing)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 24 ounce jar of favorite marinara
  • 10 basil leaves (chopped)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 pound rigatoni (cooked 1 minute less then package instructions)


  • First, place olive oil, pepperoni, onions, salt, and pepper in a pot on medium heat. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Next, turn up the heat to high and add both the sausages. Break up the sausage and let it cook without string for 2 minutes (this will get a brown caramel color on one side sausage).
  • Now, mix the sausage mixture for 1 minute and then add the marinara and basil.
  • Next, cook for 20 minutes covered.
  • Finally, add pasta and parm cheese. Mix for a minute to marry the flavors and enjoy!
Keyword 30 minute meal, meat sauce, pasta