Recipe by Dr. Burnzo
"This is the pasta sauce I grew up with. I have never had better and I get compliments on it every time."
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lean ground beef
grated Romano cheese
dry bread crumbs
chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
hot Italian sausage
olive oil for frying
vegetable oil for frying
tomato puree, divided
1 (6 ounce) can
Hi, I am the orginal poster of this recipe. Thanks for all the great reviews!! I just read the recipe over and I noticed a few glaring mistakes!! Please disregard all cooking times listed!!! If you actually cooked the onions for 20 minutes they would be little bits of carbon! cook the meatballs, sausage, and pork until they are good and crusty, the onions until they nicely browned, and the whole thing until it tastes good. The longer it simmers, the more flavor the meat will impart to the sauce. But please bear in mind that if it simmers too long the meat WILL fall apart. Especiall the meatballs. It is also a good idea to remove the meat after the sauce is done as the acids from the tomatoes will also cause the meatballs to disintegrate if left long enough. I learned this the hard way! My Grandma failed to mention that part!
Cooking onions over 5 minutes is disaster
Excellent!! Please remember to throw in some red wine and chopped garlic with some Italian parsley about half an hour before sauce is finished. Then cool/and or re-heat the next day. You can "eyeball" a lot of this...fresh basil is best, and again left until the last 30 minutes.
Thank you Vincenza! Your recipe made an 80 yo Italian gent very happy! My dad is very picky and loved it! I followed the recipe almost to the tee, but did add garlic to the meatballs, and a little to the sauce itself. Here's a hint for the meatballs: rub olive oil over your hands while you're rolling them. They stay so much nicer when you're cooking them, and don't come apart this way. This was a wonderful recipe!
Found this recipe while looking for meatball recipes. Gave this one a shot and WOW!
I only used the meatball recipe part and followed it to the letter (with the exception of not having Romano so I used fresh grated Parmesan cheese AND I used panko bread crumbs) and they turned out amazing.
I rolled them in small 1" sized balls. Make sure you follow the instructions written when cooking. Let them fry in the oil long enough to release themself from the bottom of the skillet. They will tell you when it's time to be turned.
I found that a few needed some gentle nudging but for the most part all released themselves on their own and you just stir them around from there.
Excellent meatballs...thank you for sharing this recipe.
would have to say one of the best meatballs i've ever had. Grew up with The Todaro's with their party center in the "Valley". Gonna have to show off with this one! - Akron OH
I love this recipe!!! It was so delicious! I put some in the freezer and my husband and I ate a few more times on it. I will definitely be cooking this again. (Love the pork added to it, makes a huge difference!) Thanks for the recipe!!
Want to try it......sounds great. The photo is a bit sketchy, looks like a nice chocolate pound cake.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Vincenza's Pasta Sauce
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 183
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