Ragu Meat Sauce (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

August 19, 2016Living Freely Gluten Free
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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 Meat Sauce, I loved eating it. 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 Meat 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 Meat 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 Meat 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 Meat Sauce 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.

Meat Sauce

Course Main Course
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 TBSP. Avocado Oil
  • 3 TBSP. Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 2 Carrots (diced)
  • 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
  • 14.5 oz. Can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz. Can of Stewed Tomatoes
  • 15 oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 1 TBSP. Coconut Sugar


  1. In your Instant Pot (on sauté mode) or Stock Pot, heat the oil.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and garlic. Cook for 1 minute then add the beef.
  3. Brown the beef and add all of the seasonings. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Turn off the sauté mode and add all of the tomato ingredients and sugar. Stir well.
  5. Put on manual low setting for 25 minutes and cook.
  6. To slow cook this you will add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Break up the meat and mix well. Cook on high for 6 hours stirring every hour or so.


If you like this Meat Sauce recipe then you will love my cookbook. There are over 100 recipes (including this one) that are simple to make with easy to find ingredients.


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