Of course, in the days of my childhood, we used beef to make this sauce. But as we all know, beef is generally astronomical in price, and red meat is also something we should generally minimize in our diets.
So I made the switch to turkey meat years and years ago in this sauce. I know many Italian purists out there cringe at the thought, but my kids don’t know any other way to eat this, and it is definitely one of their favorite meals of all time. And it’s just so much better for you. The only thing better from a health and budget perspective is a meatless sauce.
And, of course, as always, I am going to advise that you buy your meat ONLY when it's on sale. Otherwise, it's just a major budget buster.