During the holidays it’s pretty easy to get homesick. I was born and raised in Utah and now I live in Texas. Every Sunday my mom would make sauce and it was the best thing in the world to wake up, that’s right I said wake up because this sauce simmers ALL DAY, to the smell of this deliciousness! Every since I was born this was a tradition on my moms side of the family and we all love it. This recipe today isn’t the family sauce recipe but one similar. I’ve never made sauce and meatballs on my own before so this Sunday was a first! There is nothing better than smelling this sauce all day long throughout the house. Pure happiness. These meatballs were sooo good. You can use any of your favorite pasta also! Sometimes I really love a short pasta but spaghetti is classic. This is the perfect homey Sunday dinner!
- For the sauce:
- 28 oz of crushed tomatoes
- 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 onion
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp basil
- 1 Tbsp parsley
For the meatballs:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 big spoonful minced garlic
- 2 tbsp parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
First thing you will want to do is brown your diced onion! Put some olive oil in the pot and once that is hot throw in your onion.
After that toss in your garlic and stir until fragrant. Then mix your herbs in with that also.
At this point you will put in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar and water. This next part is going to be the hardest part about this recipe…turn the heat down low, put the lid on and manage to walk away….this needs to simmer for a minimum of 4 hours! Stirring it every so often. No one will know if you check on it a little extra with a piece of crusty bread because you gotta make sure it’s still as good as it smells right? Right.
Arrivederci I’ll see you in 5 hours…..*sheds tear*
OK the meataballs! <(that was my Italian accent)
Mix all the meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl! Done. That was extremely difficult.
Spray a baking sheet and roll them into balls! I did mine semi big because I didn’t want a thousand small meatballs. Semi big ones still made 16!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and let them bake for 25-30 minutes!
When those are cooked put those in your delicious sauce for the last 30 minutes that the sauce needs to cook! I started my sauce at noon and it finished at 5. I started my meatballs at around 3:30 and got them in my sauce by 4:30. LOOK AT THAT BUBBLY SAUCE!!!! Picture perfect yumminess.