Italian Meat Sauce I Recipe -
Italian Meat Sauce I Recipe
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Italian Meat Sauce I

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"Hearty sauce with sausage, pork and meatballs. It takes a while, but it's well worth it."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 45 mins


  1. In large pot heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over low heat. Add chopped onion and two-thirds of sliced garlic. Saute 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water and tomato paste. Simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Saute remaining garlic 1 to 2 minutes. Add sausage and brown, about three minutes on each side. After browning, cover and reduce heat. Cook for 10 minutes, remove from heat, and cut sausages into halves. Add to tomato mixture.
  3. Cook pork over medium heat in sausage skillet until brown. Add to tomato mixture. Add 3 tablespoons parsley, Romano, oregano, salt and pepper to tomato sauce. Continue to simmer over low heat.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. In large bowl combine ground sirloin, bread crumbs, garlic powder, remaining parsley, parmesan and eggs. Form 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Cook until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Add meatballs to sauce. Continue to cook sauce for 5 hours. Serve over fusilli or ravioli.
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Jul 09, 2005

Yummy!! My boyfriend and I made this together, drank wine, put on music and we're new to cooking but OH MY GOD YUM I come from a big Italian family where everyone has their own way of making sauce.This will now be mine 2 thumbs up or more...this sauce was awesome I wish I could post a picture of him sneaking in the kitchen every five minutes to taste it again Perfecto!

Mar 23, 2006

This is one of the best meat sauces I have ever tasted. This sauce has a wonderful flavor and none of the bitterness that is so common in many sauces. I served this to my family tonight and they loved it.... I highly recommend this recipe!

Jul 06, 2008

This recipe was a hit! (with me, and the people who ate it) I halved everything and added just a tad bit more oregano, parsley and romano cheese. It was my first time ever making any kind of sauce and it was fun and worked well.

Jan 15, 2010

It's surprising that this recipe hasn't gotten more action here. I see that about a thousand people have saved it, but there are only 8 reviews. This is really an excellent recipe. If you disagree, it means you haven't yet made it, or you accidentally blended in paint thinner. I like to replace most of the meats with turkey versions, which i've convinced myself is completely healthy. It's still some of the best pasta sauce i've ever had. Be careful with the servings listed. I found that the "12" it lists would have to be pretty generous portions. In any case, if you're looking for a meaty red sauce, there is none better than this one. Make it once as is, and then experiment - you're certain to fall upon something that your family, or friends, or random people you drag in off the street will walk away from the table with a smile - most likely discovering that they ate WAY more than they had planned.

May 14, 2009

GREAT!!! Recipe

Nov 30, 2008

Wow, this was so good. Lots of flavour and meat.

Mar 09, 2010

Fantastic recipe, turned out great. I did make some minor adjustments. I did the sausage and pork, but went with ground beef instead of meatballs for convenience sake. I only had 2 cans of diced tomatoes, so I went with 2 cans of each of the diced and tomato sauce and just four cans of tomato paste. With roughly 1.5 hours remaining, I added a big can of tomato puree to make up for the missing cans. I stayed with the recipe on spices, except I added a tablespoon of sugar and a 3 tablespoons of garlic/onion spice mix. I also added pepperoni, 2 green peppers, and mushrooms (and extra minced garlic), none of which were called for in the recipe. Other minor changes: I chopped the onion in to bigger slices instead of small. I used shredded parmesan as a substitute for romano, which I did not have on hand. All in all, the changes worked out well. I thought it tasted great, and my girlfriend loved it.

Dec 08, 2009

If I had five thumbs, that's what I would give. Changed nothing and it came out great.


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  • Calories
  • 661 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.4 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 35.5 g
  • 55%
  • Fiber
  • 8.1 g
  • 33%
  • Protein
  • 41.9 g
  • 84%
  • Sodium
  • 2542 mg
  • 102%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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