This is an INCREDIBLE recipe. Look no further. This is very similar to the way an old family friend from Italy made her sauce- except the ribs were not optional :-) . It is worth the time to make it, and I suggest you start with a double recipe and freeze half. You will DEFINITELY make it again. Very easy to modify according to what's in the cabinet and your own personal preferences.
I love this recipe. I have tripled and quadrupled the recipe several times this past year. Each batch always comes out slightly differently each time. Perhaps my choice of canned tomato products?? I do add some red wine -- whatever I have on hand. Typically cab. sav. Also, I typically use WAY more garlic than the recipe calls for. Thank you!!!!!
There's a reason this is the highest rated sauce! It was fabulous. I did halve the recipe and still had more than enough to feed our family of 4. This is now the only sauce I will ever make. Thanks so much for sharing
Used this recipe 3 times now. Made a few small changes. Used 4 large cloves of garlic. Deglazed the pan with red wine instead of water. Added parsley and fresh basil 30 minutes before the sauce was finished. My brother, who lives in Boston's North End, wants me to bottle it! Thanks Karen!
This recipe is more than awesome. I made it with the famous meat-a-balls and the smells in the house were fantastic. I added a bay leaf, and tripled the garlic (heh heh), but I followed the instructions to a T as ordered and I'm glad I did! Oh, I also used high quality olive oil for frying the meatballs. This recipe makes a HUGE whack so it's great for freezing.
I have made this several times and love it. My husband and I are good at using leftovers, but this is awesome. I make a large pot and then freeze two person serving sizes for later. I use two whole pepperoni, 1 pound hamburger and 3/4 to 1 lb of mild Italian sausage. I cut up the pepperoni just before serving. Very good recipe!
Some changes I made: Doubled the garlic. Used only 3 Tbsp oil for frying. Added 1 cube chicken bouillon. Deglazed the pan with red wine. Excellent sauce!
I made this for supper today and it was very good. The only changes I made was didn't have any fresh garlic so I used extra garlic powder, and I didn't have parsley so added one teaspoon of dried basil. I browned two pork chops and italian sausage to add. Like some of the other reviews we also like more seasoning so added an additional teaspoon of italian seasoning and a bay leaf. I will be using this recipe from now on.
Made with meatballs using Meatballs from the Disantos. This sauce was very impressive and I'm so happy that I found this recipe! I have made several from zaar and this is the one I'm going to stick with, even over my mother's!