Ragu Meat Sauce (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

August 19, 2016Living Freely Gluten Free
This naturally gluten free and dairy free Meat Sauce Ragu will be your go-to for your spaghetti noodles and lasagna. It is extremely easy to make in the Instant Pot and makes enough for 2 spaghetti dinners or one lasagna.

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As a young girl my Ex-Step Dad made homemade spaghetti sauce. It was amazing. I remember sneaking in the kitchen while it cooked. (It would slow cook all day) I would dip bread in it and I thought it was sooo amazing.

I made this in the Instant Pot and in 30 minutes I had homemade sauce for our pasta that tasted like it had been slow cooking all day. You can absolutely slow cook it but the instant pot gives you slow cooked results in a half hour or less!

I had always wanted to make my own sauce and I was finally up for the task this week. Let me tell you… I will be using this sauce from now on, exclusively. It made enough for 2 meals so I stuck half of it in the freezer.

The coconut sugar is totally optional and I prefer it without. For a more traditional type sauce you might want to include it. I would recommend trying it with it the first time and then without the next time to decide.

This will be your go-to for pasta and lasagna. If you are freezing the leftover pasta you simply need to pull it out and thaw it. Reheat it and serve it over your noodles.


1 lb. Ground Beef

1 TBSP. Avocado Oil

3 TBSP. Chopped Garlic

1 Onion Diced

2 Carrots Diced (sneak those veggies!)

1 TBSP. Dried Parsley

1 TBSP. Dried Oregano

1 TBSP. Dried Basil

½ tsp. Thyme

½ tsp. Marjoram

1 tsp. Rosemary

1 ½ tsp. Granulated Garlic

½ tsp. Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper

6 oz. Tomato Paste

24 oz. Can of Crushed Tomatoes

14.5 oz. Can of Stewed Tomatoes

15 oz. Tomato Sauce

1 TBSP. Coconut Sugar (optional)


  1. Either in your Instant Pot (on Sauté mode) or Stock Pot, heat the oil and add the onion, carrots and garlic.
  2. Cook for 1 minute
  3. Add and brown the beef
  4. Add all of the seasonings. Cook for 3 minutes. T
  5. urn off the sauté mode and then add all of the tomato ingredients and sugar.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Put on manual setting and cook for 20 minutes. I
  8. f this is on the stove top you will likely need to simmer at least 4 hours. Or slow cook on low for 8 hours in the crock pot. Enjoy!

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