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Italian Meatballs, Sausage & Sauce Recipe

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Grandma Jean Chasse
Added: Saturday, July 4, 2009


1/4 lb. ground pork
3/4 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley (1 tbsp. dry)
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 egg (beaten)
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
1 c. soft, fine bread crumbs
3 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
1 -2 lg. onion, sliced

2 lg. cans tomatoes (prefer whole)
2 lg. cans tomato puree
3 sm. cans tomato paste
1 lg. can water
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. oregano (to taste)
2 tbsp. basil (to taste)
3 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

1-2 lbs. Italian Sausage

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Shape into balls of desired size. Heat 1-2 tbsp. olive oil on medium heat in large dutch oven size pot. Saute the sliced onion til slightly browned. Add meatballs in batches turning to brown all sides.

Optional: Preheat oven to 400. Bake meatballs in oven on rimmed cookie sheets for approximately 10-15 minutes or until browned.

Remove from pot and set aside in bowl.

Do not remove any oil left in pan (adds to flavor). Cook italian sausage in same pot turned to brown all sides. The meatballs and sausage will cook more thoroughly in the sauce so be careful not to overcook. Remove from pot and add to meatballs.

Prepare Sauce:
In same pot, add tomatoes, puree, paste, water, sugar, oregano, basil, salt & pepper. Mix well. Add meatballs and italian sausage. If the pot is not big enough, you may need to use an additional pot. Bring to a low boil. Turn to simmer and cook for an additional 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally (check to make sure there is no sticking on bottom of pot).

Cook desired variety of pasta. Have lots of grated parmesan cheese on hand and italian bread.

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3-4 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This has been a family favorite for many years!!




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