Dad’s Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

I haven’t posted in a while.  We lost one of our cats over the holidays and I’ve been finding it too hard to come back to this when I’m still grieving.   Also, our close friend and her family have been dealing with her Dad’s insanely aggressive cancer.  I’ve been trying to help by doing what I do – sending food.  The main thing that I’ve been sending (by request) is meatballs and tomato sauce.  It’s my Dad’s recipe and they are amazing.

I’m officially naming it Dad’s Meatballs and Tomato Sauce in honour of both of our Dads, so it seems like a good recipe to share now.

Meatballs and Tomato Sauce - In Pot with Spoon

Dad’s Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

 For the Sauce:

– 1/2 cup of olive oil

– 3 x 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes

– 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced

Add the olive oil to a large pot and set over medium heat.  Add the garlic and saute until it just starts to turn golden.  Add all of the tomatoes (liquid too) and blend with hand mixer until the sauce is smooth.  You can also blitz the tomatoes in a blender beforehand, if you don’t have a hand mixer.

Add 1 tablespoon of salt and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.

While that’s simmering, start on the meatballs.  In a large bowl, add:

– 1 ½ lbs ground meat (I use a combination of beef, pork and veal)

– 1 tbsp kosher salt

– 1 clove garlic, finely minced

– 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

– 1 cup grated Parmasean cheese

– 1 ½ cups of breadcrumbs

– 1 ½ cups water

– 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Unclump the meat and mix it together with the rest of ingredients.  Shape into balls and place on a rimmed baking sheets, either lined with parchment paper, tinfoil or sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.  I like parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Bake your balls at 375 for 30 min until golden, turning them once about halfway through.

When you sauce is almost done it’s hour of simmering, add ¼ cup of fresh basil (chopped), about 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and a teaspoon of dried oregano.  Taste and add more salt and seasonings if you like.

Once the meatballs have finished baking for half an hour, simmer them in the sauce for 20 minutes and you’re ready to serve!

Meatballs and Tomato Sauce - Up Close

These are great with spaghetti, you can throw some onto a bun and melt mozzarella on top for a great sandwich, you can even put them on pizza or in a panzarotti.  Honestly, you can even eat them straight.


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  1. Mitzi

    I’m so sorry, Bella. Love to you all.

    1. Rasa

      Thanks Bella! Big hugs!!

  2. dad

    Best meatballs and sauce I have ever tried. .

    1. Rasa

      Thanks Dad!!!

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