Vincenza's Pasta Sauce Recipe -

Vincenza's Pasta Sauce

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"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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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 40 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, Romano cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, and water. Mix until well blended. Roll meat mixture into balls about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Set aside.
  2. Place the pork ribs in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large stock pot. In the same skillet, cook the sausage until browned. Add to stock pot.
  3. Fill the skillet with a mix of olive oil and vegetable oil to a level about 1 to 2 inches up the side of the pan. Heat over medium-high heat and place meatballs into the oil. Do not attempt to turn the meatballs until they release from the bottom of the pan. You want a nice crusty meatball. Once meatballs are done, add them to the stockpot, too. Pour 4 quarts of tomato puree into the stockpot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer.
  4. Drain most of the oil out of the skillet, but leaving enough to fry the onion. Heat the oil over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking and stirring until the onion is very tender and dark brown, 15 to 20 minutes more. Stir in the can of tomato paste along with 3/4 cup of water, and the final quart of tomato puree into the skillet. Let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, then pour the sauce into stockpot. Simmer until the meats are tender, 1 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Aug 31, 2011

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!

Mar 07, 2011

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!

Jan 11, 2011

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.

May 09, 2011

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.

Dec 06, 2011

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

Apr 24, 2013

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!!

Sep 30, 2014

Want to try it......sounds great. The photo is a bit sketchy, looks like a nice chocolate pound cake.

Feb 16, 2014

The best sauce we've ever made...hands down! It takes some work, but cooking is sharing and showing love, and this recipe is worth every bit of effort. It is key to make the meatballs as written...let them get the crust. The beauty of this recipe is that it feeds a crowd or a family of four for several meals-and they don't complain at all!


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  • Calories
  • 296 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 20.3 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 19.3 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 529 mg
  • 21%

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

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