Italian Meat Sauce I


Hearty sauce with sausage, pork and meatballs. It takes a while, but it's well worth it.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 45 mins
12 servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans seasoned tomato sauce

  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice

  • 6 cups water

  • 8 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 2 pounds sweet Italian sausage

  • 2 pounds ground sirloin

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided

  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pound pork meat, cubed

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 eggs


  1. In large pot heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over low heat. Add chopped onion and two-thirds of sliced garlic. Saute 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water and tomato paste. Simmer.

  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Saute remaining garlic 1 to 2 minutes. Add sausage and brown, about three minutes on each side. After browning, cover and reduce heat. Cook for 10 minutes, remove from heat, and cut sausages into halves. Add to tomato mixture.

  3. Cook pork over medium heat in sausage skillet until brown. Add to tomato mixture. Add 3 tablespoons parsley, Romano, oregano, salt and pepper to tomato sauce. Continue to simmer over low heat.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. In large bowl combine ground sirloin, bread crumbs, garlic powder, remaining parsley, parmesan and eggs. Form 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Cook until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Add meatballs to sauce. Continue to cook sauce for 5 hours. Serve over fusilli or ravioli.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

661 Calories
36g Fat
46g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 661
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 2542mg 111%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 49mg 247%
Calcium 278mg 21%
Iron 10mg 55%
Potassium 2181mg 46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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