I can’t post a meatball recipe without posting a homemade sauce recipe! My grandmother called this version her “basic pasta sauce” Whether you call it “sauce or gravy”, this was our go to recipe for basic home-made marinara sauce. We have other versions as well that I will print at a later date..ground beef pasta sauce, Pasta sauce with Italian sausage, and our special holiday sauce with everything in it but the kitchen sink! This simple sauce can be prepared in under an hour and is tasty, fresh and delicious! I use fresh basil in my recipe but you could use dried as well, and add more or less spices to taste depending on your liking!
|4 tablespoons olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 28-oz. cans ready-cut peeled tomatoes or
5 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled and sliced
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp of salt1 1/2 tsp pepper
10 to 12 fresh basil leaves chopped
1 tbsp to 2 tbsp of sugar to taste
Saute garlic in oil until transluscent.Add the cans of tomatoes and tomato paste, and
simmer for 5 min on med.
Add salt, pepper,sugar, and basil and simmer on low for 45 min or until done.
Check for taste and add more seasoning if needed.
** I tend to like my sauce on the sweeter side, thus the sugar. you can play around with
what suits your taste by adding a little at time.
** you may also add oregano and chopped onions if you like!
Italian Meatballs just like Nana’s
My grandmother and all of her sisters were straight off the boat from Italy. Born in Southern Italy in 1906, her five sisters and aunt came to the United States when she was just a toddler. They settled into East Boston. No one had a lot of money then. They all worked long hours for little pay. my nana worked in a chocolate factory as a chocolate dipper. Mmmm, I remember those tasty treats she would come home with, she would call them her “mistakes”. Sometimes I think she made “mistakes” on purpose so she could fill the freezer with tasty chocolate treats! Anyway…one of the first recipes I ever learned from my grandmother..(and one of my favorites to make as well) were her Italian meatballs. Tasty, moist and flavorful…I always get compliments on these. I choose to bake my meatballs as opposed to frying, but you can do either. Served with Homemade italian sauce..(yes sauce I said, not gravy!) and your favorite pasta, these are to die for delicious!! And fun to make!
1 pound hamburger and 1/2 pound ground pork
2 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino romano cheese
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 small onion, minced or grated (1/2 a large onion)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil ( I use a handful of fresh parsley chopped) A little red wine to taste!
Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs with milk and wine into a bowl. Add breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and basil and mix with a fork. Add ground beef and ground pork and mix all together. Dont over mix. Form into balls and place onto a greased cookie sheet. Brush meatballs with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 min. Finish cooking in Italian sauce. Serve over your favorite pasta!