Recipe: Tomato Sauce (Gravy) with Meatballs

A great tomato sauce is not that difficult to produce at home. Four key ingredients to a successful tomato gravy are planning, time, patience and love. Personally, I enjoy a great sauce with pasta and meatballs. Its a great comfort food and something most people are familiar with and enjoy.  This sauce takes a few hours to make but I promise it will be time well spent.  I suggest trying this homemade gnocchi recipe found here to go along with this recipe.

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Pasta Sauce (Gravy) with Meatballs
A savory tomato sauce with meatballs recipe thats perfect for pasta or even meatball sandwiches.
Servings
People
Ingredients
Tomato Sauce
Meatballs
Servings
People
Ingredients
Tomato Sauce
Meatballs
Instructions
Tomato Sauce (Gravy)
  1. In a stock pot on medium heat, fry bacon until partially crisp. Add carrots and celery. Sautée for 10 minutes. Add shallots, onions and olive oil. Continue to sautée until vegetables are soft and caramelized. No garlic yet.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of wine and deglaze the pot using a wooden spoon. Allow to boil for 2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, garlic, paste, herbs, sugar, salt and pepper. Add meatballs stir, reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Allow to simmer for 3 hours, stir every 15-20 minutes.
  3. Serve hot over ones favorite pasta.
Meatballs
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, pork and sausage. Use ones hands to incorporate the meat together. Add in 1 egg slightly beaten, cheese, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Incorporate all ingredients together with hands.
  2. Using hands, scoop out a reasonable amount of meat into hand and roll until a rounded ball forms. Adjust size to ones liking. I usually shoot for an oversized golf ball. Set aside on a plate. *Note: One may have a lot if meatballs left over. I'll explain how to freeze them at the end of this recipe.*
  3. Add a tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Slowly and carefully add meatballs. Fry meatballs until browned on all sides. Transfer meatballs to sauce. Use a minimum of 8 in the sauce.
Freezing Leftover Meatballs
  1. Add meatballs to a plate. Give them enough space so they are not touching. Place the meatballs in the freezer until frozen. Remove meatballs from the plate and transfer to a gallon zip lock freezer bag. Now one can have great meatballs whenever without the mess of preparation and cleanup.
Recipe Notes

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