Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs

Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs


"My Mother's family originally came from Sicily and every family member makes his or her own version - this version came most recently via Brooklyn. Use your favorite meat and Italian red wine for this sauce and serve with your favorite pasta. This also is a great pizza sauce if you leave out about half of the meat. If there are any leftovers, they freeze very well. MANGIA!"


servings 639 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 639 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 31.9 g
  • 49%
  • Carbs:
  • 58.5g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 29.1 g
  • 58%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 841 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. To make the meatballs, combine chopped meat, eggs, bread, Romano cheese, parsley and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Form golf ball-sized meatballs; place into freezer to firm up.
  2. To make sauce, heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Saute onion, garlic and fry links of sausage.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef chunks and pork neck bones; reserve.
  4. When onions and garlic are done, turn heat down to low. Add tomato paste; stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the browned beef and pork, crushed tomatoes, wine, bay leaves, cinnamon, parsley, basil and salt and pepper to taste; stir.
  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs; reserve.
  6. Simmer sauce over low heat for 3 to 4 hours, add meatballs and simmer for 1 hour. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Cover pasta with sauce and meatballs, serve.


  • Note
  • Remove neck bones before serving.
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  1. 28 Ratings


I have always considered myself an excellent saucemaker. However, I made this sauce for my Sicilian husband and he absolutely loved it! I used a little more red wine than called for to get a l...

This was amazing - the whole family felt like we were eating at a fine Italian restaurant. This recipe is not difficult and is SURE to impress others. My kids keep telling me how great it was....

If you are looking for a great tasting hearty meat sauce, then you have definitely found it. This sauce is easy to make and full of flavor...don't leave out the pork neck bones. Excellent! Mr G...

my wife's family are sicilian. When I made this sauce, My father in law thought I had found out his family's secert recipe. Its a real good sauce I used ground chuck and ground pork in the sau...

Wow. This was great. I scaled the recipe down to make sure we would like it first since I didn't have all ing. on hand and I really wanted to try this recipe. I didn't have brisket and I used l...

Hardy, rich wonderful sauce, we added 1 1/2c extra Pinot noir, also because we were short on time we pressure cooked it for 40 min, then finished simmering when we added the meatballs for 30 in...

This may be easy for someone with more cooking experience to read between the lines. Steps MUST be missing because I had ingredients I never used. The meatballs wouldn't even stay together... i ...

Very very delicious. I'm not sure about the 4 onions...I used one good sized medium onion which was plenty sufficient. Wonderful house smelled like a fine Italian restaurant for 2 ...

i just used the sauce part of this recipe, but next time i will try the meatballs. i thought this was excellent! the addition of the neck bones gave it a really good flavor, and i thought the se...