Old Fashioned Sicilian Succo


My Nana used to cook this for me when I was young and as she prepared things and we waited for the sauce to finish, she'd tell me great stories about her life in Sicily and other secret business! This recipe is the best sauce I've ever had- I really think it can bring the family together. Just prepare it and you'll see that when dinner time comes everyone's mouths will be watering because of the great smell, the entire family can gather around the table and there will be enough for everyone, I promise! Good for vegetarians too-just substitute 2 1/2 pounds of chopped zucchini for the meatballs.

close up view of Sicilian Succo with cheese and bread in a white bowl
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
20 servings


  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 (29 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 4 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large pot mix together garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, parsley and basil. Bring sauce to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer.

  2. In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and parsley. Shape into balls the size of a child's fist. In a skillet, fry meatballs in hot olive oil until brown. Add to sauce mixture. Simmer over low heat for four hours.

Cook's Note:

You can make the sauce with either a 2-pound beef shoulder, pork rump, or the meatball recipe included here. For a vegetarian version of the sauce, substitute 2 1/2 pounds of zucchini.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
11g Fat
17g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 1044mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 924mg 20%

* 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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