Grandma's Homemade Italian Sauce and Meatballs

Grandma's Homemade Italian Sauce and Meatballs


"This recipe has been handed down for generations and is always a hit. Both the sauce and meatballs freeze well. I freeze in dinner size portions so my husband and I don't have to use the bottled sauce!"


9 h servings 422 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 422 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 17.6 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.5g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 31.5 g
  • 63%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 111 mg
  • 37%
  • Sodium:
  • 1900 mg
  • 76%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large pot combine tomato paste, water, garlic, bay leaves, basil, and salt. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low and simmer.
  2. In a skillet, brown pork chops in olive oil then place in sauce mixture. Saute onions and mushrooms in same pan that you browned the pork chops. Add these to sauce as well. Simmer sauce a minimum of 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. To make the meatballs: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine beef, pork, veal, Romano cheese, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley and eggs; mix well. Shape into balls. Place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake meatballs for 20 minutes. Place meatballs in a serving bowl when baking is complete and place in refrigerator. About 2 hours prior to dinnertime pop the meatballs into the sauce.
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  1. 29 Ratings


The meatballs for this recipe are fantastic, but the proportions for the sauce are all wrong. There's so much tomato paste, and so little of anything else, that the whole thing ends up tasting ...

I made the meatballs only. Although I didn't care for the original recipe, my second batch was fabulous with a few modifications. ***I only used 3/4c. bread crumbs. I used 1/2# sweet Italian p...

I just made the meatballs in this case, took advice from other user and only used 3/4 cup of italian bread crumbs, turned out very good, everybody loved them, will make again for sure. 5 star no...

This recipe was good, but not the perfect meatballs I have been searching a LONG time for.(I'm pretty picky about my meatballs ;) Actually, I think that all they need is a little more garlic. I...

I only used the meatball recipe and made with my own pasta sauce. Everyone raved about the meatballs. Very good recipe.

I just made the meatballs. We really liked them and will make them again. Next time I will try the sauce.

I got this recipe for just the meatballs and they were horrible! Way too many breadcrumbs and they tasted like mush.

I'm not a huge meatball lover but I made these for my husband and he enjoyed them. I made a lot and froze them and they tasted good whenever I used them. I really liked the parmesan flavor. I...

EXCELLENT!!!! Just like my grandma Palaia's recipe. She never used meatballs so that was an added bonus. Very good. I've never had bottled sauce in my life, but I imagine it's bad. Nothing is ...