Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce

Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce combines ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni to make a meat sauce recipe perfect for any pasta dish.  You know Olive Garden has the best pasta sauces and this one doesn’t disappoint. In fact, I think you will find this one of the best spaghetti sauce you can make at home.

a bowl of three meat sauce

Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce

What makes Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce so good? It’s using a variety of meats that gives this recipe extra flavor. Best of all, you let the meat do the work for you. You will find the pepperoni and Italian sausage gives this sauce the perfect amount of zip and zing to the sauce.

This meat sauce recipe starts out with a simple marinara sauce and then we add seasoned ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni. These specially seasoned meats make this sauce taste so good.

This three meat sauce for pasta is perfect for your favorite pasta including linguini, spaghetti, and penne.

How to Make Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce

This sauce recipe is so easy it takes only 45 minutes to make and needs only 8 ingredients.  And all you need is a large pot and skillet to make it.

Here’s what else you need:

  • Marinara Sauce
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Italian Sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Italian Seasonings

Olive Garden three meat sauce ingredients

First, saute the onions in the olive oil.  When the onions are translucent, add the marinara sauce and the can of chopped tomatoes. Turn down to a simmer.

In a large skillet, combine the ground beef and Italian sausage until completely cooked.

cooked crumbled meat in a skillet

Drain the fat and add the cooked meat into the large pot with the sauce.  Add the pepperoni and the Italian seasonings and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Season with salt & pepper.

three meat sauce ingredients in a skillet

Notes

  • This makes a very large pot of sauce, if you have a larger family, consider stretching the sauce with an additional jar of marinara, or a can of tomatoes.
  • Since we are adding so many different spicy meats, wait until the all of the meats season the sauce before making any adjustments.
  • If you have a smaller family, you may want to freeze this sauce and use it later.

a bowl of homemade Olive Garden three meat sauce

Questions you might have about the Olive Garden sauces

  • What’s in the Olive Garden meat sauce? – In the Olive Garden meat sauce they use both ground beef and pork Italian sausage for their spaghetti sauce with meat.
  • Does the Olive Garden meat sauce have pork? – Yes, it does.
  • How to reheat Olive Garden Spaghetti with meat sauce? If you have prepared spaghetti and meat sauce at home, the best option is not to store the sauce and the pasta SEPERATELY. If you can not do this, I recommend heating pasta on the stovetop and adding a little water, or marinara sauce if you can. Heat the spaghetti very slowly.

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a bowl of three meat sauce and a plate of pasta with the sauce

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a bowl of three meat sauce

Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce

Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce combines ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni to make a meat sauce recipe perfect for any pasta dish. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Recipes, Pasta Recipes
Servings: 10
Calories: 378kcal

Ingredients

  • 48 ounces Marinara sauce 2 jars
  • 16 ounces crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage removed from casings
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasonings

Instructions

  • Saute onions in a large pot with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When onions have become translucent add the two jars of marina sauce, and can of chopped tomatoes, and turn down to simmer. 
  • In a large skillet brown ground beef and Italian sausage until completely cooked, drain fat from meat, and add meat into the large pot with the sauce. Add chopped pepperoni to the sauce mixture. Add 1 teaspoon of Italian seasonings to the mixture and all to simmer for about 20 minutes before you season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • This makes a very large pot of sauce, if you have a larger family, consider stretching the sauce with an additional jar of marinara, or a can of tomatoes.
  • Since we are adding so many different spicy meats, wait until the all of the meats season the sauce before making any adjustments.
  • If you have a smaller family, you may want to freeze this sauce, and use later.

Nutrition

Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1235mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. bonnie

    Is there a particular brand of marinara sauce. I would think it would make a difference on the taste you are trying achieve from Olive Garden….

    • Anita

      FYI, I am an older, experienced cook and I can tell you that the most authentic spaghetti sauce on the same level with an Italian grandmother’s cooking is, Rao’s marinara. It is a little pricier, a few dollars more and I buy it at either Walmart or Kroger. I checked out reviews before I tried it and I can tell you it runs circles around the others. Hope this helps. Stay safe everyone!

    • Ken Easterling

      I like Mezzetta if I don’t have time to make my own. I think it is very close to homemade. I lived in Sicily for a couple of years and learned about Italian and Sicilian food from 2 Sicilian ladies that worked for me.

  2. dave blevins

    The Olive Garden adds Merlot, how much I don’t know, but with this much sauce a cup wouldn’t be out of line. This is wonderful over angel hair pasta which holds the sauce much better than normal spaghetti.

  3. Bridalaltspgh

    I make this sauce, but cook my own tomato sauce with the meat, but add chianti towards the end of the 2 hrs of simmering, WOW does this kick it up a notch!

  4. Elizabeth Edwards

    I’m definitely going to try this! I’ve been trying for years to find a recipe for meat sauce to serve at home that has the flavors of restaurant sauce. My previous attempts have resulted in a bland tasting sauce with almost no tomato flavor left at all. Hopefully this one will work!

  5. Katiesmom710

    We had a total of 10 people last night for dinner. Several went back for 2nds and one person, thirds! There was plenty of food and everyone absolutely loved it. I did add in one extra jar of marinara sauce because I was afraid I might not have enough. I had some for lunch today and there are still a couple of servings left!!!

  6. annie

    I just love a hearty pasta sauce with lots of meat. Delicious. Jamie, I am presuming it is Marinara sauce, as this is not a fishy dish, as a Marina sauce would imply.

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