This is a great meaty pasta sauce recipe passed down through the generations from my great great grandfather in Sicily. I also use this sauce when I make my lasagna. I don't like large chunks of meat in my sauce, so I put it all in the food processor when done and it comes out as a very thick meaty sauce.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the sausage, round steak, and veal 10 minutes, until evenly browned. Remove meat from skillet and drain, reserving about 1 tablespoon drippings.

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  • Stir the garlic into the skillet with the reserved meat drippings, and cook about 3 minutes over medium heat. Place the crushed tomatoes into the skillet. Season with Italian seasoning, bay leaf, garlic powder, oregano, pepper, and parsley. Cook 15 minutes.

  • Mix the tomato sauce into the skillet, and continue cooking 15 minutes.

  • Return the meat to the skillet. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

217.2 calories; 16.7 g protein; 10.6 g carbohydrates; 53.2 mg cholesterol; 871.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2005
This recipe is FABULOUS! I did make a few changes though. I substituted the veal and steak with ground turkey (less fat), I seasoned the meat and added chopped onion while browning and I added chopped mushrooms to the simmering sauce. Plus I was only patient enough to let it simmer for about 45 min. I used it as a lasagne sauce. The sauce was slightly runny when I assembled the lasagne, but thickened quite nicely in the oven. My husband said it was restaurant quality. I gave half the lasagne to my mom, and she asked for the recipe because she & her husband liked it so much! I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/21/2009
I'm quite surprised at how high this recipe gets reviewed. I followed it exactly and was very disappointed. The meat in the dish was so overwhelming you can not really taste the tomatoes or any of the garlic I even let it simmer for an extra hour to no avail. This was a bland and heavy sauce I don't even want to eat the leftovers. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2005
This recipe is FABULOUS! I did make a few changes though. I substituted the veal and steak with ground turkey (less fat), I seasoned the meat and added chopped onion while browning and I added chopped mushrooms to the simmering sauce. Plus I was only patient enough to let it simmer for about 45 min. I used it as a lasagne sauce. The sauce was slightly runny when I assembled the lasagne, but thickened quite nicely in the oven. My husband said it was restaurant quality. I gave half the lasagne to my mom, and she asked for the recipe because she & her husband liked it so much! I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2006
If your looking for the ultimate Meat Sauce this is it!!! Its AWESOME!!!! I did make a few changes to it I used Hot Italian sausgaes instead of sweet 1/2 tsp of thyme a dash of salt and used ground beef instead of the steak. I also like vegetables in my sauce so I added some onions celery and mushrooms. I added 1/5 a cup of red wine near the last 15 minutes of cooking as well. Next time I might add a little sugar. It was great this one is a keeper. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2005
My husband and I thought this recipe was definitely restaurant quality. I substituted turkey italian sausage for the regular italian sausage to save on fat and I used ground sirloin and ground pork instead of cubed veal and steak. If you are looking for a fresh gourmet tasting sauce this is the sauce for you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2007
WOW!! Instead of Veal and beef cubes I used a ground veal beef and pork mix available in the meat section of your local grocery store. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. This sauce was delicious!! It freezes well too:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2008
Delicious! I had never before made any kind of sauce from scratch and now my husband thinks I'm a gourmet chef. This was so easy - but I won't tell him that... I used ground beef ground veal and sweet basil Italian sausages. I also added a splash of red wine about 15 minutes prior to serving but I only let the sauce simmer for 1 hour. My family was starving at the time and the aroma made it impossible to wait any longer. The recipe made enough sauce that I could freeze half. The sauce would be great for lasagna too so I'll try that next time. I will make this again and again and again! Thanks Grandma!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2008
Absolutely wonderful. The only change I made was to add the wine which was suggested fresh basil dried thyme & sliced fresh mushrooms didn't cook first just added to sauce. I did use hot Italian sausage instead of sweet I always use hot. Enjoy. The only change necessary would be the choice between the hot & sweet everything else I am sure everyone would like. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2006
Wow my Italian boyfriend was impressed and said this was better than our favorite restaurant's sauce. I followed the recipe as is and it came out delicious. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2009
this is pretty freaking awesome. i used ground beef and italian sausage....didn't puree it....and LOVED it! I made a full batch then froze the leftovers in jars for later....i will definitely be making this again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2004
this was GREAT!!!!1 Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/21/2009
I'm quite surprised at how high this recipe gets reviewed. I followed it exactly and was very disappointed. The meat in the dish was so overwhelming you can not really taste the tomatoes or any of the garlic I even let it simmer for an extra hour to no avail. This was a bland and heavy sauce I don't even want to eat the leftovers. Read More
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