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    Italian Gravy and Meatballs

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    2 hrs

    30 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    Rick B(2)'s Note:

    A hand me down recipe of true Italian origin that was shared with me by a good friend. The recipe has been in his Italian family for years. Very simple to make with a fairly short cooking time as compared with others!!!!

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    1. 1
      In a large pot combine tomato sauce, tomato puree, tomato paste, water, sugar, oregano, 2 tspn salt, 1 tspn pepper, garlic cloves and bring to a simmer on low heat.
    2. 2
      Combine ground beef, bread, eggs, Romano cheese, 1 1/2 tspn salt, garlic powder and 1/4 tspn pepper.
    3. 3
      Mix ingredients and form into meatballs 2-3" in diameter.
    4. 4
      In a large skillet use enough of the veg oil to have approx 1/8" covering bottom
    5. 5
      Heat on medium.
    6. 6
      When oil is hot enough, brown meatballs on all sides and add to pot with sauce.
    7. 7
      Brown pork neck or ribs in same pan and add to sauce.
    8. 8
      Add at least 1/2 of remaining oil in skillet to pot.
    9. 9
      Don't forget to add all of those small cooked bits from skillet bottom.
    10. 10
      (Great Flavor!!!) Any excess oil or fat can be spooned off of sauce after cooking.
    11. 11
      Cook uncovered (simmer) for 1 1/2 hrs.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 15, 2006


      This is just the wy my Italian mother-in-law made hers, so I know it's authentic. She always used pork neckbones and I'm convinced that's what gave the gravy the great flavor. The only problem is that cooking Italian from scratch makes the kitchen a mess! LOL!

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    • on April 05, 2004


      My husband is of Italian decent. He has been putting up with jar sauce for 22 years and had had enough! He asked me to make it from scratch - I used this recipe and he just adored it! I made a triple batch and froze it - soooo easy! I used the pork necks and I think that made all the difference. THANKS!!!!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Gravy and Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (439 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 647.6
    Calories from Fat 387
    Total Fat 43.0 g
    Saturated Fat 13.5 g
    Cholesterol 169.5 mg
    Sodium 2025.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 26.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    Sugars 13.5 g
    Protein 40.3 g

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    pork necks

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