Sara-Nara Sauce

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • In a small, heavy stockpot, heat the oil. When hot, add the onion, garlic and green pepper. Saute 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste (yes, the entire can), and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer. Add spices.
  • Brown half the ground beef (1 1/2 pounds) in a skillet, breaking it up into small chunks as it cooks. Drain thoroughly and add to sauce.
  • Simmer 1-2 hours and make meatballs.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Roll up your sleeves, wash your hands well, and mix thoroughly. (I loved this part when I was a kid.) Form into meatballs (I make mine about 1/2")
  • Put meatballs in skillet and cook over medium heat, turning as they brown.
  • Serve with pasta and sauce, and lots of Parmesan cheese.
  • The leftover sauce and meat balls can be frozen for another pasta dinner, or refrigerated and made into delicious meatball sub sandwiches the next day.