2 hrs 20 mins
We coined this recipe affectionately as "Rae's Spaghetti" as that is the family friend that we recieved the recipe from. This sauce is very hearty and filling. I usually only prepare a salad and garlic bread to accompany it. This sauce also freezes well so I often make a double batch,
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- 2 (32 ounce) cans whole tomatoes
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 small-medium onion, diced
- 4 links sweet Italian sausage, halved
- olive oil (for browning sausage)
- 1/8 teaspoon oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon basil
- 1/8 teaspoon bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or 1/2 teaspoon one clove, minced
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- 1 lb ground beef (can also use pork, turkey or chicken or a combination)
- 1 egg, beaten lightly
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs or 1/3 cup cracker crumb
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated or shreaded)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon basil
- 1/8 cup parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1Prepare Sauce:.
- 2empty 2 cans of whole tomatoes into a food processor and puree.
- 3add in dried herbs and spices (oregeno, basil, bay leaves, garlic).
- 4Place contents from food processor into large stock pot.
- 5Place on medium low heat and simmer.
- 6add sugar to sauce mixture.
- 7Cut sausage into halves and brown (do NOT cook throughly) over medium heat in olive oil.
- 8Add diced onion into stock pot.
- 9Remove browned sausages from skillet (discard oil) and add into sauce mixture in stock pot.
- 10Prepare meat balls:.
- 11in large bowl combine meat, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Hand mix until combined well.
- 12Add in egg and cracker crumbs or bread crumbs. Combine well.
- 13Add in parsley, combine well.
- 14Roll into meatballs.
- 15Drop RAW meatballs into sauce. In order for meat to cook through throughly they must remain in simmering sauce for a minimum of 40 minutes. Be careful not to stir sauce to vigorously during first 20-30 minutes as that may break up your meatballs, just stir enough to make sure meatballs are completely submerged in sauce. Once 40-50 minutes has elapsed sauce should be ready to eat, as the meat should be cooked. I prefer allowing sauce to simmer on low heat for a 2-4 hours, as the longer this sauce cooks the better it tastes. The meat also absorbs more flavor from the sauce itself. As long as you cook meats at least 40-50 minutes in sauce mixture you should be fine. This does however change based on the size of the meatballs you make. I make ones around the size of a golf ball. Larger meatballs take longer to cook. You can always take one out and cut it in half to see if they are cooked through throiughly.
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Nutritional Facts for Homemade Maranara With Italian Sausage & Meatballs
Serving Size: 1 (377 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 395.3
- Calories from Fat 182
- Total Fat 20.2 g
- Saturated Fat 8.1 g
- Cholesterol 110.7 mg
- Sodium 958.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 23.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
- Sugars 12.0 g
- Protein 31.3 g