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Original Recipe Sicilian Succo (Meatballs & Sauce)

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.

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4hrs 45mins
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  • In a heavy sauce pan mix together garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, parsley and basil.
  • Bring sauce to a boil and turn down the heat to simmer.
  • In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and parsley.
  • Shape into balls the size of a golf ball.
  • Try to make 40 meat balls.
  • In a skillet, fry meatballs in hot olive oil until brown.
  • Combine the sauce mixture and the meat balls and simmer over low heat for another four hours.
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"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."
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  1. akram
    wow- the sauce was unbelievable. How simple and delicious. I will keep it in my recipe box. The meatballs were really good too.
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  2. moxie
    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.
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  3. glitter
    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
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  4. Kasha
    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.
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  5. zanger
    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.
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