I got this recipe from the Cook's Country Magazine and have been using it to feed crowds in my home for the last three years. We use crushed tomatoes instead of the combo of diced/sauce. This recipe fills my 7 quart crock pot right up to the brim, so sometimes we only use one 28 oz can of tomatoes instead of two. People ALWAYS ask me for this recipe.
I am the daughter of an off the boat Italian who was brought up eating Macaroni (we call it sauce not gravy) and meatballs every sunday at my grandmas house for as long as I can remember. I have made this recipe 4 or 5 times now and will continue to do so. This recipe is almost as good as my grandmoms. This is now my "Sunday Gravy."
Thank you so much for posting this. It is fantastic! I am making this with 2 lbs of hot italian sausage and leaving out the flank steak and ribs this time but I'll try it with the next time I make it. I can't believe how much flavor it has, I can't keep my spoon out of it. I thought 12 garlic cloves was a lot but it's actually perfect. Can't wait to make this for my Italian sister-in-law. It is far better than her bland watered down sauce.