Sunday Sauce with Braciole, Meatballs and Sausage

barbara lentz


This is a delicious Italian favorite. Takes about 3 hours to make but worth every minute.


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10 Min
3 Hr



  • 2 medium
    onions quartered
  • 6 clove
    garlic peeled
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • ·
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 c
    sweet vermouth
  • 28 oz
    can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 c
    basil leaves chopped

  • 1 c
    fine grated parmesan
  • 2/3 c
    fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 c
    fine breadcrumbs
  • 4 clove
    garlic minced

  • 6 slice
    flank steak pounded to 1/4 inch thick
  • ·
    salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp

  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 2 large
  • 2 Tbsp
  • ·
    salt and pepper
  • ·
    reserved breadcrumb mixture

  • 6
    sweet italian sausage

  • 1 lb
  • ·
    parmigiano-reggiano, grated

How to Make Sunday Sauce with Braciole, Meatballs and Sausage


  1. For the Sauce
    Chop the onions and garlic in a food processor. Place oil in large Dutch oven. Cook the onions and garlic until browned. Stir in the tomato paste, oregano and red pepper flakes. cook about 2 minutes. Add the vermouth and scrap up the browned bits from the bottom of pan. Add the crushed tomatoes and 2 cups water. Stir in the basil and season with salt. Bring to a simmer on low and keep warm.
  2. For the breadcrumbs
    Combine all the ingredients together and set aside.
  3. For the Braciole
    Preheat oven 300 degrees. Lay the beef flat and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 cup of the breadcrumb mixture reserving the rest for the meatballs. Roll the beef up and tie with butchers twine. Add oil to skillet and brown the braciole on all sides. Transfer the braciole to the sauce. Cover and bake 2 hours.
  4. For the meatballs
    Mix the ground beef with the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and remaining breadcrumb mixture. Shape into 1 inch meatballs. Add oil to skillet brown them in batches in the oil. Once the meatballs are all browned cook the sausages until browned on both sides. Carefully transfer the meatballs and sausage into the sauce. Cover pan and bake another 30 minutes.
  5. To serve cook spaghetti in boiling salted water. Drain well. Serve with sauce and meat on top and sprinkle with Parmigiano

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About Sunday Sauce with Braciole, Meatballs and Sausage

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian

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