Meatballs and Gravy (Spaghetti Sauce)
We used to have this every Wednesday. This is essentially my grandma's recipe, I just add more cheese to the meatballs than she did. Sometimes I leave the neckbones out and add some Italian sausage.
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- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 cup romano cheese, freshly grated
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 3 (28 ounce) cans tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3 pork bones (neckbones)
- Place ground beef, pork, bread crumbs, Romano cheese, eggs, milk, seasoned salt and basil into a large bowl.
- Mix well with hands; shape into 24 balls.
- Brown meatballs in pan, making sure to keep a thin layer of water on the bottom of the pan at all times to prevent burning.
- While meatballs are cooking, start the gravy.
- Brown onion lightly in olive oil in a large pot.
- Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 minutes.(Do not burn.).
- Add tomato paste and water.
- Stir until tomato paste is thinned.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Bring to a slow boil and reduce heat.
- When meatballs are done, add to sauce.
- Simmer, covered loosely, over low heat about 2 hours, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
- If sauce is too thick water may be added.
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I have made this few times,making it again tonight and just remembered to comment on it!. This is absolutely scrumptious! the only thing i do differently is omit the neckbones,put extra cheese and fresh basil in meatballs and add about a cup of white wine and few basil leaves into the gravy!!my family loves it and wants me to make it all the time! thanks for sharing this great recipe :):)
Made as directed except baked the meatballs in a 375F oven for 20 minutes, omitted the neckbones, and added more tomato paste to the sauce because we love a thick sauce. The sauce is wonderful as is the meatballs. You actually taste the meat. :) They were also very tender. Your grandma is one special lady. Thanks for sharing.
made this up for daughter who is having back surgryand askedfor meals for her recovery. made good amount of sauce used beef bones no pork. made double the amount of meatballs. now in freezer two pkgs fo 10 meatball and sauce for her house but 2 pkgs of 6 for my house,and used the sauce to make her a baked ziti. will re edit when everyone eats , but i also eats a meatball after making them cooks treat. thanks again