Meat Sauces

Ragù, Bolognese and carbonara are some of our favorite meat sauces, all hearty companions to a bowl of pasta—the perfect one-dish meal. An easy way to whip up a meat sauce is by mixing together sweet Italian sausage, canned tomatoes, chopped veggies and fresh parsley for a simple Bolognese, which is especially delicious atop creamy polenta. For a truly low-maintenance meat sauce, try using your slow cooker. A combination of ground beef and sausage, lots of herbs and plenty of garlic make this flavorful Bolognese incredible—and it tastes even better the next day. Get these recipes and more in Food & Wine’s guide to meat sauces.

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“We like to elevate the familiar,” says chef Michael Voltaggio. At his restaurant Voltaggio Brothers Steak House outside Washington, DC, Michael and his brother, Bryan, wanted to re-create their favorite store-bought sauce. “It tastes very similar, but we spice ours with gochujang and a little fresh orange juice for sweetness.” Slideshow: More Condiment Recipes 

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At their DC-area restaurant Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, brothers Bryan and Michael serve a tray of sauces, including this tangy steak au poivre–inspired jus, alongside every steak. “Serving different sauces on the side allows guests to customize their own experience,” says Bryan. Slideshow: More Condiment Recipes 

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This versatile sauce can be used as a dressing for roasted or grilled vegetables, seafood or meat and is great smeared on grilled bread. Slideshow:  More Dressings 

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Bacon-Shallot Gravy

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Cuban Picadillo

“I got the idea for this picadillo from my Cuban friend Cecilia.” Grace Parisi says. “It’s a rich and spicy, versatile Latin American dish that combines ground beef with tomatoes and piquant ingredients, like olives and capers. Raisins are added for a touch of sweetness.” It’s excellent served over rice or as a topping for hotdogs. More Cuban Recipes