Meatballs and Sausage with Chianti Sauce

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by Boca Pat

This is my recipe that I've been making all my cooking life years!!!! I'm pretty proud of it too. Give it a try, you'll love it.

Top Review by 971256

TRULY THE BEST PASTA SAUCE I HAVE EVER TASTED!!! After trying Olive Garden's latest Chianti Meat Sauce, I was bound and determined to make something similar, but a little less greasy. I needed a base recipe to try and this one was FAR better than Olive Garden's.

I have since made a few changes to suit my family's needs, making it slightly easier and tastier (my opinion at least). I am a super busy mom who doesn't have a lot of time, so I eliminated the meatballs after the first try at the recipe. I now saute up the onions and garlic with 1lb cased, chopped Italian sausage and 2 lbs ground sausage. I deglaze the pan with a little chianti, and then add that and the rest of the sauce ingredients to a crockpot. I stick it in the fridge and turn it on low the next morning. By the time I get home, the house smells amazing and the flavors have really incorporated.

I add more chianti and let it cook off a bit while I prepare pasta and a salad. The flavors after simmering for about 10 hours in a crock pot are absolutely to die for!!! I serve it for company now and they ask for the recipe every time and despite the large amount of sauce this makes, there are rarely leftovers. OMG, SO AMAZING!!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauce: Heat olive oil in dutch oven or lge fry pan with lid; add garlic& onion and saute until transparent; add tomato paste and smoosh it around until it's blended; add tomato sauce.
  2. Before I add the whole tomatoes, I take the hard stem off.
  3. Just grab it and rip it off each tomato, then hand crush each tomato before adding to the sauce mixture.
  4. Add all your spices, bouillon cubes and wine.
  5. Bring to boil, then cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs.
  6. Mama Mia!
  7. Now that's my Irish way!
  8. Meatballs: In lge bowl mix beef& pork with all the ingredients.
  9. It'll be a bit mushy, but keep mixing, if it's still mushy add alittle more breadcrumbs.
  10. Shape into meatballs.
  11. In lge fry pan, add your sausage links, then to same pan add meatballs.
  12. Flip sausage& meatballs as they brown, don't burn them.
  13. When they look cooked, drain on paper towel.
  14. Then add to your pot of sauce.
  15. I hope I covered everything!
  16. Good Luck I hope you enjoy.

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