Recipe courtesy of The Saucee Sicilian

Nonna's Sauce and Meatballs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 11 hr 10 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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The Saucee Sicilian Meat Sauce:


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix pork and beef in a bowl with your hands, then add garlic. Beat eggs and add to mixture. Add breadcrumbs, cheese and parsley and mix well. Scoop into meatballs and bake on a baking sheet for 30 minutes.
  3. Simmer meatballs in Meat Sauce for 2 hours.

The Saucee Sicilian Meat Sauce:

  1. Brown beef short rib in olive oil in a saucepan on all sides until browned, about 2 minutes each side. Add garlic and onions and brown over low heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste plus 1 paste can water, then the tomato sauce plus 1 sauce can water, and stir until blended. Add pepper flakes, sugar, salt, pepper and bay leaf and bring to bubbling. Turn temperature to low and simmer, covered, for 8 hours. Remove beef short rib and bay leaf before serving.

Cook’s Note

Other types of bone-in beef may be substituted for the short rib if needed.

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