This is my homemade sauce. I have made this for years and Josh is hooked! Sometimes I add heavy cream, or half & half, but only if I want to change it up a little. I sure hope you all enjoy this sauce.
Makes: 6 servings (2 meatballs per serving)
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 pound lean ground beef or italian sausage (bulk)
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 Tbsp dried cilantro
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup chopped red onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes (squeezed)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar (granulated)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Directions for the Meatballs:
In a large bowl, combine ground beef or sausage, bread crumbs, cilantro, parmesan, 1/4 tsp black pepper, garlic powder, and beaten egg…..
Form into 12 (1-inch) balls then store covered in fridge until needed…..
Directions for the Sauce:
In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent….
Stir in tomatoes….(I hand crush my whole tomatoes, then add them)
Add salt, sugar, black pepper, and cinnamon…..
Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
After sauce has simmered, stir in tomato paste, basil, oregano…..
Add meatballs to sauce…..
Simmer for another 30-45 minutes or more.
We serve this sauce over whole wheat spaghetti noodles or cavatappi noodles.