Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs (with Italian Sausage too!) is a popular recipe with her family. the grand kids absolutely love it! Easy to make, freezer friendly and always a hit!

Let me introduce to you Nanny Pat!
Nanny Pat has been a loyal supporter of Lovefoodies since it's very beginning and is always busy sharing her delicious family recipes with us. Nanny's part of our Lovefoodies 'family' now, kind of like our resident cook!

Here we have Nanny's Meatball Surprise, which she's been making the same way for her family for over 50 years! They won't allow her to change it or tweak it in any way whatsoever, simply because they all absolutely love it just how it is!

Recipe by Pat Milton

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 1/2 hrs for sauce & meatballs

Yield: 4 - 6 Persons

Ingredients

Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce:

1/4 Cup olive oil
3 large cans Tomatoes ( 1 lb.12oz. ) whole peeled or crushed
3 (6 oz.) cans Tomato Paste
1 Tablespoon parsley
2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
1 Tablespoon Oregano
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 Cup Romano cheese, grated.

My Meatballs:

2 lbs. lean.Hamburg / ground beef
1 1/2 lbs. ground pork
3/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon garlic salt
2 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 Cup grated Romano Cheese
3 eggs
3/4 Cup bread crumbs

Optional:
Nanny sometimes adds an Italian Sausage in to the sauce, you can choose sweet, mild hot etc, whatever to your liking!

Instructions

Make the sauce

1. Put olive oil in pan, chop or crush cloves of garlic in oil, heat slowly, do not let burn or turn brown.
2. Add tomatoes (I crush with my hand while adding them) garlic salt, paste, parsley, oregano, pepper & Romano cheese and bring to a simmer and let simmer for at least 1 1/2 hrs. (6 qt. pan works.)

Nanny's Top Tips
I use about a CUP of water (total) to rinse the cans out when using for each can, and then put the water in the sauce pot. You can add whatever things your family likes, hot pepper, more spices, onions, mushrooms etc., then it becomes YOUR sauce, but after more than 50 yrs. of making this, our family objects to any changes! If they want Hot, I serve the seasoning on the side, and of course, a dish of Freshly grated Romano or Parmesan, or combo to sprinkle on the top.That's it Folks! Enjoy.

Make the Meatballs:

1. Put meat & pork in large bowl. Add pepper, salt, parsley, & cheese.
2. Mix thoroughly. Add eggs & bread crumbs, mix until well blended. Oil hands and make into balls, whatever size you like, and don't squish them to death, just medium to lightly form into balls.
3. Put oil in the frying pan & brown slowly (don't let them get crusty). Then drain them and put in the Spaghetti Sauce, and continue cooking them in the sauce. We like Italian sausages too, and cook them the same way & add to sauce...This makes about 24 large, 36 medium or 48 small. Serve with pasta of your choice, and crusty Italian Bread or Rolls, we like Garlic Bread

Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs (with Italian Sausage too!) is a popular recipe with her family. the grand kids absolutely love it! Easy to make, freezer friendly and always a hit!

Nanny’s Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 
Servings: 4 - 6
Ingredients
Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce:
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 3 lb large cans Tomatoes whole peeled or crushed 1 .12oz.
  • 3 oz cans Tomato Paste 6 .
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley
  • 2 cloves or 3 garlic chopped or crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 2 tsp . garlic salt
  • 1 tsp . ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Romano cheese grated.
My Meatballs:
  • 2 lbs . lean.Hamburg / ground beef
  • 1 1/2 lbs . ground pork
  • 3/4 tsp . ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 Cup grated Romano Cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 Cup bread crumbs
Instructions
Make the sauce
  1. Put olive oil in pan, chop or crush cloves of garlic in oil, heat slowly, do not let burn or turn brown.
  2. Add tomatoes (I crush with my hand while adding them) garlic salt, paste, parsley, oregano, pepper & Romano cheese and bring to a simmer and let simmer for at least 1 1/2 hrs. (6 qt. pan works.)
Nanny's Top Tips
  1. I use about a CUP of water (total) to rinse the cans out when using for each can, and then put the water in the sauce pot. You can add whatever things your family likes, hot pepper, more spices, onions, mushrooms etc., then it becomes YOUR sauce, but after more than 50 yrs. of making this, our family objects to any changes! If they want Hot, I serve the seasoning on the side, and of course, a dish of Freshly grated Romano or Parmesan, or combo to sprinkle on the top.That's it Folks! Enjoy.
Make the Meatballs:
  1. Put meat & pork in large bowl. Add pepper, salt, parsley, & cheese.
  2. Mix thoroughly. Add eggs & bread crumbs, mix until well blended. Oil hands and make into balls, whatever size you like, and don't squish them to death, just medium to lightly form into balls.
  3. Put oil in the frying pan & brown slowly (don't let them get crusty). Then drain them and put in the Spaghetti Sauce, and continue cooking them in the sauce. We like Italian sausages too, and cook them the same way & add to sauce...This makes about 24 large, 36 medium or 48 small. Serve with pasta of your choice, and crusty Italian Bread or Rolls, we like Garlic Bread.
Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs (with Italian Sausage too!) is a popular recipe with her family. the grand kids absolutely love it! Easy to make, freezer friendly and always a hit!

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