Italian Meatballs and Sauce

Tracy Stephan


This is an old recipe..been in the family for a long time..I had to make up them to figure out the measurements..You can use sauce from the jar if your low on time..I sure hope you enjoy this as much as my family has!


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35 Min
7 Hr



  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 lb
    baby back ribs
  • 1 large
    sweet onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    kosher salt
  • 6 clove
    garlic, sliced
  • (2) 28 oz
    tomatoes, canned and chopped, with liquid
  • 3 Tbsp
    oregano, fresh, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    red pepper flakes, crushed (optional)
  • 1
    bay leaf, fresh
  • 1 bottle
    dry white wine (or equal amounts of beef broth)

  • 1/3 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1
    shallot, minced
  • 2 c
    day old wheat bread, diced
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 pkg
    bulk italian sausage
  • 3/4 c
    whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 c
    basil, fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 large

How to Make Italian Meatballs and Sauce


  1. For the sauce:
    Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ribs and brown evenly. Add onions, sprinkle salt and cook until onions are translucent. Add garlic and gook until everything is soft but not browned.
  2. Add the wine or broth and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Add tomatoes, oregano, red pepper flakes (if using)and bay leaf. Bring the sauce to a simmer, reduce heat to low and continue to cook until reduced, about 6 hours.
  3. Taste and add more salt if needed. Remove the bay leaf. Makes about 2 quarts.
  4. For the Meatballs:
    Soak the bread in the milk in a medium bowl.
    In a small saute pan add 1 TBS of oil, the garlic and shallots and cook until translucent.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the beef and bulk sausage, ricotta, basil, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt, egg and the cooked shallots and garlic.
  6. After the bread has soaked up the milk, remove it from the bowl and squeeze out the remaining liquid. Add to the meat mixture. Mix well.
  7. Form the meat mix into 2 inch balls and cook in the remaining olive oil. Cook until they are brown on all sides.
  8. Add the meatballs to a large pot as they are done browning. Once done add the sauce over the top of the meatballs. Bring to a simmer. let cook in sauce for about an hour. I usually cover them for the first half then uncover them for the remaining time.

    Serve over pasta..ENJOY!

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About Italian Meatballs and Sauce

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Gravies
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #sauce, #Meatballs

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