Basic Italian Sauce with Meatballs

Basic Italian Sauce with Meatballs

Ready in 45 minutes
4.8 avg, 4 review(s) 100% would make again

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"My favourite - I use this recipe all the time. Simple and delicious! Thx"

- Foggy99


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Tomato sauce
2 28-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes
1 can (12 oz) Tomato paste
1 cup Onion; chopped
2 cloves Garlic; minced
2 teaspoons basil; dry flakes
1 teaspoon Salt
2 bay leaves; whole
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper; ground
1 cup mushroom; chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds Ground beef
1 tablespoon Parsley; chopped
2 large Eggs
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese; grated
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper; ground
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 clove Garlic; minced

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



Meatballs: Mix ingredients in a bowl with a spoon, shape into 1-2 inch balls by hand then fry and brown.

Sauce: Place tomatoes in a strainer over a pot and strain. Discard seeds and skin. Add tomato paste, bay leaves, salt and pepper.

Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms with the olive oil until onions start to turn golden brown. Add to sauce. Add meat to sauce. Simmer 4-6 hours. !/2 hour before cooking is finished, stir in basil

Variation: Italian sausage, sweet, hot or mixed may substitute wholly or partially for the meatballs.

Note substituting 56 oz. crushed tomatoes and 3 oz tomato paste may substitute

Note: May substitute 4 whole fresh basil leaves, Romano may substitute for Parmesan cheese but either cheese should be sharp

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 443 Calories; 34g Fat (67.9% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 126mg Cholesterol; 1035mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 5 1/2 Fat.


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very very good, thanks for sharing, CCheryl photo by CCheryl CCheryl

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Sooo good and beautiful picture
irishrutter 8 months ago
My favourite - I use this recipe all the time. Simple and delicious! Thx
Foggy99 1 year ago
this was great and deserved a photo, thanks for sharing, CCheryl
CCheryl 3 years ago
[I posted this recipe.]
cdalto 5 years ago
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