By UnknownChef86 on July 24, 2003
"I was born in a small mining town in southern Illinois. The village had a predominate Italian population. Spaghetti was a staple part of their diet. The red marina sauce that they poured over the spaghetti was called succo. This was a time before air conditioning, and all the windows in their houses wee wide open during the summer time. If your nostrils caught a whiff of their succo cooking would make your taste buds dance. If that caught a whiff of their home made cheese, they would dance even harder. To taste a plate of this delicacy was a real thrill. My best friend was Italian, and we did our homework together. I had occasion to sample this delicious morsel frequently. When my friend’s mother placed a plate in front of me and said “mange,” I immediately became fluent in Italian. Over the years, I have craved this taste. I looked everywhere for a recipe, but there was none anywhere. I couldn’t have asked her for a recipe because she didn’t have one. She couldn’t explain to how to make it because she couldn’t speak English. She had brought the recipe from Sicily in her memory. I recalled some of the ingredients. I found a recipe site on the net that if you fed the ingredients it would construct recipes using these ingredients. I got close but not close enough. With the help of some Italian friends, I was finally able to construct a recipe of the greatest spaghetti in the world. This recipe is the fruits of my labor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Note from UnknownChef86: This is a recipe I adopted in 2006."
Serving Size: 1 (246 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 20
"Awesome, truly superb. My inlaws are Sicilain. They were surprised that I could make such a good dish. The fresh herbs set this off. Of course, they would use nothing different. Nest time, I will use fresh ripe Italian tomatoes."
"This is it. The real thing. Authenic. I have been searching for this recipe for a long time. I finally found it, and prepared it. I was better than any other succo that I have ever tasted."
"The meatballs with this were wonderful and delicious. Very nice simple flavors. But although I used top quality fresh herbs and tomatoes, I found the sauce itself too bitter, and lacking in depth. I ended up adding a pinch of brown sugar and a sprinkling of baking soda to neutralize some of the acid, and also let it simmer for an hour or so after adding a cup of good cabarnet. The meatball formula, though, is quite good. I will definitely use it again. "
"Fabtastu. My Sicilian husband loved it. He said it was better than his mother made. I will be using this recipe again. "
"My family and I found this sauce to be much too bitter. I wonder if it isn't all of the tomato paste. The meatballs have been making very good meatball sandwiches though."
"Fabulous recipe! Very easy to make, but outstanding results. I halved the recipe, because my kids aren't very fond of meatballs(crazy, I know, but they're still little and only like noodles). I used about 5 cloves of garlic, because we are garlic lovers, and used the fresh herbs. Like I said, this is extremely easy to put together, but you'll look like you've been slaving all day. I also added about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water, because the sauce is very thick. I know that's probably the effect you are going for, but it is very thick sauce. Whe I reheat the leftovers I'll add a little red wine, I think. We served it with fresh linguine and garlic bread. This is a dish I will prepare over and over, and also, I will never make any other meatballs but these. They are fabulous! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe!"
"Heardy, Mama Mia,Wonderful meatballs!!! Fantastic sauce,And VERY EASY to make. THANK YOU!!! Darlene Summers"
"Wonderful recipe. My whole family just went wild. Even the children loved it. Definately a keeper."
"It has been a long time. I finally found it. Succo like my late grandmother prepared. Wonderful recipe. Bold taste. A gourmet's delight."
"Mama Mia. Mange. The best that I have ever made. Compliments galore. Rivals the succo made by my Sicilian grandmother."
"Fantastic Taste. Out of this world flavor. Evan better with fresh produce."
"This is it. The real taste of succo."
"wow- the sauce was unbelievable. How simple and delicious. I will keep it in my recipe box. The meatballs were really good too."
"Truly Sicilian!!! Just like grandma made. It's so simple and has that peasant appeal that makes this dish so flavorful.Lots of garlic and you can never go wrong with the mix of pork and beef they blend so well. In richer parts they even add veal which also adds a wonderful flavor.Thank you for your recipe and history. glitter"
"Great recope. Real Sicilian. Taste out of this world. Easy to make. Readily adaptable to crockpot. Prepare the evening meal in less than 10 minutes. A godsend after a busy day at the office."
"Wow, What a taste. Real succo. Its been a long coming, but when it arrived it was out of this world. Real Sicilian for sure. Great taste. This will be made often in my home. Really great with fresh tomatoes and herrs. So simple and easy to prepare."
"Very good! I too added some water to thin the sauce a bit. I also broiled the meatballs to brown them. I tried using a frying pan, but mine has high sides, and it was awkward to turn them and they kept breaking apart. Under the broiler, they browned nicely and kept their round shape."