So here’s the thing: My family loves food. And when I say LOVES food, I mean LOVES. The women on my mom’s side love to cook and one of the BIG deals in the family is pasta sauce & meatballs. Every family get together includes this sauce, meatballs, and different pastas. EVERY family get together, including Thanksgiving. My mom’s side of the fam is from Italy and they each make their sauce & meatballs just a LITTLE different. Today, I decided to try to make the family’s sauce & meatballs for the first time.
You must know that our family makes very smooth (no chunks!) tomato sauce, it’s not marinara. We also use (not always) pork in the sauce as well as the meatballs.
And it’s the B-E-S-T of all the R-E-S-T.
So, friends, here is the recipe I used for our family’s delicious sauce & meatballs:
Ingredients for Sauce:
1 Large Can Tomato Juice (1 Quart)
1 Large Can Tomato Sauce
1 Jar Ragu
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Black Pepper
Ingredients for the Meatballs:
2 lbs. ground chuck
1 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. water or milk
2 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp Ketchup
1/4 c. Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp S & P
First, get the sauce on (12:00pm).
Tip (I learned today from Aunt D): Be sure you do NOT USE a steel/metal pot. Must be non-stick!
Add 1 tsp oil & 1tsp butter in the bottom of your pan over med-high heat, then sear all sides of your pork.
Option: Add minced garlic in your oil before you put pork in, but you must be careful NOT to burn the garlic!
Add all sauce ingredients after pork is seared
Cover sauce, medium heat, and get started on your meatballs.
Mix all ingredients together except the meat.
After they are browned (1:00pm), let rest for about 20 minutes, then add to sauce. After adding meatballs, I cooked on medium heat covered for 1 hour, then uncovered for the next 3-4 hours. After that, I just turned the burner to low to keep warm until Nile got home!
I decided to have rigatoni tonight (holds sauce best!!) with garlic breadsticks!
Here’s to a family food tradition & making my husband’s tummy happy!!
What are some of YOUR family food traditions?