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    Kato's Garage Style - Tomato Sauce & Meatball Dinner

    Kato's  Garage  Style -  Tomato Sauce & Meatball Dinner. Photo by French Tart

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    4 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    4 hrs

    Baby Kato's Note:

    This is our favourite spagetti dinner...we make it extra special by adding everything but the kitchen sink into it. Yes, there are a lot of ingredients, but it is well worth the effort. I hope that you enjoy this dish.

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    • 2 Italian sausages, extra hot, cut 1 inch chunks
    • 2 Italian sausages, sweet fennel cut 1 inch chunks
    • 1 pepperoni, cut 1 inch chunks (do not omit)


    1. 1
    2. 2
      In a large pot, cook the onion and garlic, red and green peppers, celery, carrotes, mushrooms and zucchini in olive oil over medium heat.
    3. 3
      Next add the lemon salt, celery salt, oregano, parsley, basil, cloves, caraway seeds, bay leaf, chili pepper flakes and coarse sea salt. (Cook 5 minutes, until starting to carmelize).
    4. 4
      Now add the white sugar, diced tomatoes, tomatoe sauce, tomatoe paste, chicken stock, V8 juice, red wine and cheeses and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
    5. 5
    6. 6
      Combine the beef, pork, veal, shallot, garlic, egg, prepared bread, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, oregano and parsley in large bowl and gently mix by hand.
    7. 7
      Roll into balls,(your favourite size) and drop raw into the simmering sauce.
    8. 8
      To the sauce add the raw sausages and pepperoni and cook gently on low for 3 hours.
    9. 9
      Serve over hot buttered noodles with Calabrese bread and a simple salad.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 11, 2010


      The only thing I left out were the green peppers (due to family issues) but I did add a generous amount of red pepper. This was wonderful!! It simmered on the stove for 4 hours. Even better the next day. This makes a lot so be prepared to freeze some if you need to.

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    • on February 12, 2008


      Okay, this does have LOTS of ingredients, but I assembled them all before - put some music on, made a pot of coffe and I was VERY happy chopping, mincing, frying and mixing all morning! I made the FULL amount, as I plan to freeze the rest! We had this MEGA MEATBALL BLOWOUT for lunch - with a glass of wine. It was JUST amazing - do TRY to add all the spices and seasonings - the flavour was complex and exciting......we loved it! I made NO subs, I had all the fresh vegetables and spices to hand, and the meat and sausages in the freezer; I planned this the night before, and it all worked well. We ate this with giant penne pasta and extra cheese on the top. You certainly get your "Five a Day" in this meal - we needed NO bread either, or even a salad - the meatballs and sauce was just fine on its own with the pasta. A wonderful recipe - worth all the chopping and dicing and mixing and simmering! Made for Photo Tag - thanks VERY much BK!!!! Gorgeous! FT:-)

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    • on July 21, 2006


      This is one huge pot of goodness...all those wonderful veggies, dynamic spices, then the tender meatbals and sausages. This recipe is a 5* winner! Since I made this recipe to freeze and then take with us when our family, including sweet grandkids, takes a week's vacation at a house in Seaside, Oregon, I just added a pinch of red pepper flakes and used all sweet sausage. My spice rack does not have lemon salt or celery salt, or V8 juice, otherwise I adhered to the list of recipe ingredients. After simmering for 3 hours, the flavors of the vegetables and tomatoes and meat blended into one savory pasta sauce. Wait until my kids taste this!

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    Nutritional Facts for Kato's Garage Style - Tomato Sauce & Meatball Dinner

    Serving Size: 1 (533 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 412.8
    Calories from Fat 210
    Total Fat 23.4 g
    Saturated Fat 7.7 g
    Cholesterol 79.2 mg
    Sodium 1144.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 26.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
    Sugars 15.4 g
    Protein 23.2 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lemon salt

    celery salt


    asiago cheese

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