"Mama's Italian Gravy & Meatballs"

Bill Wentz


Nothing better than the aroma rolling through your house on a lazy Sunday afternoon from a big pot of "Red Gravy" and hand rolled meatballs....Mmmmmmmm Goodness!!!!!! Feels like I am back in Mama's Kitchen.


★★★★★ 4 votes

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  • 1 can(s)
    28.5oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can(s)
    28.5oz tomato puree
  • 1 can(s)
    28.5oz tomato sauce
  • 1 small
    can tomato paste
  • 1 c
    chopped onion
  • 4 sprig(s)
    fresh basil chopped fine
  • 3 clove
    chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh parsley chopped fine
  • 1 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 c
    red wine

  • 1 lb
    sweet italian ground sausage
  • 1 lb
    ground pork
  • 3/4 lb
    ground chuck
  • 1/4 c
    diced onion
  • 1/2 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c
    bread rumbs (dry)
  • 2 large
  • 1 tsp
    chopped garlic
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 pinch

How to Make "Mama's Italian Gravy & Meatballs"


  1. first of all lets roll up some meatballs: In a large bowl whisk two eggs lightly, add in salt, pepper, diced onion, grated parmesan, bread crumbs, chopped garlic combine well, add your ground pork, ground sausage & ground chuck...then just get in there with your hands and mix those ingredients very well. Then by eye just start pinchin' rollin' and placing on a bake sheet. Place in a pre-heated 325* oven for 30 minutes.
  2. While the meatballs are cooking start the "Gravy": In a large stock pot add 2tbs of olive oil and heat over med-high heat, add chopped onion and cook 5 minutes stirring often, add chopped garlic cook 2 minutes, add in you tomato paste and mix well, then add tomato puree & crushed tomatoes stir well, add your fresh basil and parsley, italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, red wine and your tomato sauce. stir well and reduce heat to low. When meatballs are ready remove from oven place on paper towel to absorb a little of the fat, then add to your gravy pot, stir well, hit with salt & pepper, replace lid and simmer 4 hours.
  3. 4 hours later the perfect plate of pasta. Spaghetti noodles cooked per box instructions, Mama's homemade Gravy and Meatballs topped with fresh grated parmesan and a slice of toasted garlic bread with olive oil....Mmmmmmmm Goodness!!!!

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About "Mama's Italian Gravy & Meatballs"

Course/Dish: Pasta Other Main Dishes
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtag: #spaghetti

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