How to Make Authentic Italian Sauce and Meatballs

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How to Make Authentic Italian Sauce and Meatballs Recipe
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This is a family recipe. Therefore, we have never measured precisely, so add ingredients according to your preference! Taste often and add ingredients like salt in small amounts till you like it.

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Gather the supplies for the meatballs first.

Gather the supplies for the meatballs first.

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Put the veal pork and beef in a large bowl (for meatballs)

Put the veal pork and beef in a large bowl (for meatballs)

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Add grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil (be generous with the basil), 1 egg, seasoned breadcrumb, salt, pepper, and a little bit of water.  Moist meatballs make great meatballs.

Add grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil (be generous with the basil), 1 egg, seasoned breadcrumb, salt, pepper, and a little bit of water. Moist meatballs make great meatballs.

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Knead the mixture by hand until well combined. **We always taste a little bit of the mix for flavor, but keep in mind there are raw ingredients!**

Knead the mixture by hand until well combined. **We always taste a little bit of the mix for flavor, but keep in mind there are raw ingredients!**

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Add enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of a pot. Then, heat up on medium heat.  I have been using the same pot for 20 years.

Add enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of a pot. Then, heat up on medium heat. I have been using the same pot for 20 years.

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Next, add the onion and chopped garlic to the heating oil.  You can use fresh or frozen garlic.  We were out of fresh garlic here.  We're sad :(.

Next, add the onion and chopped garlic to the heating oil. You can use fresh or frozen garlic. We were out of fresh garlic here. We're sad :(.

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Now, roll the meatballs!  My daughter makes fun of me for patting the meatball at the end, so go ahead and laugh.   Lol.

Now, roll the meatballs! My daughter makes fun of me for patting the meatball at the end, so go ahead and laugh. Lol.

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*Carefully* place meatballs into the pot of hot oil.  Please be careful the oil will pop and burn you.   OUCH!!!!!!!

*Carefully* place meatballs into the pot of hot oil. Please be careful the oil will pop and burn you. OUCH!!!!!!!

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Turn meatballs when they are very light brown.  Be careful, they break up easily.

Turn meatballs when they are very light brown. Be careful, they break up easily.

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When the meatballs turn a light brown, transfer them to a smaller bowl. They don't need to be fully cooked yet.  They will cook in the sauce and all that great flavor will blend into the sauce.

When the meatballs turn a light brown, transfer them to a smaller bowl. They don't need to be fully cooked yet. They will cook in the sauce and all that great flavor will blend into the sauce.

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After the meatballs are fried, add the small can of tomato paste and put back on low heat.   Let it cook for 3 or 4 minutes.   Stir frequently.  Caution, this also pops and burns.   OUCH!!!!!

After the meatballs are fried, add the small can of tomato paste and put back on low heat. Let it cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Stir frequently. Caution, this also pops and burns. OUCH!!!!!

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Then, blend both the large cans of tomato and put them back in the can, like so

Then, blend both the large cans of tomato and put them back in the can, like so

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Add both cans of the blended sauce to the pot w/ tomato paste. Then, sprinkle the sugar on top and raise heat to medium. Stir often

Add both cans of the blended sauce to the pot w/ tomato paste. Then, sprinkle the sugar on top and raise heat to medium. Stir often

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Be sure to cover it almost all the way, but not completely cover. Remember to stir frequently!   When it starts to bubble, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

Be sure to cover it almost all the way, but not completely cover. Remember to stir frequently! When it starts to bubble, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

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After about 15-20 mins, add the meatballs. Then put heat on low and cover.   Let it cook about 45 minutes, stirring often.  Sauce will burn if the temp is too high.

After about 15-20 mins, add the meatballs. Then put heat on low and cover. Let it cook about 45 minutes, stirring often. Sauce will burn if the temp is too high.

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Don't season the sauce yet - let it cook. Leave it for about 45 mins

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At the 45 min mark, season the sauce to taste with salt, pepper, garlic, basil, and a pinch of oregano. The sauce should cook at least another hour.  Taste and season accordingly.  Stir often.

At the 45 min mark, season the sauce to taste with salt, pepper, garlic, basil, and a pinch of oregano. The sauce should cook at least another hour. Taste and season accordingly. Stir often.

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Then, serve over pasta and enjoy! You can also add hot or sweet sausage or braciole. Our family loves fresh Ravioli with meat sauce and a great loaf of fresh Italian bread. Enjoy.

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