This is an easy recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs. While the cooking time is long, this can be mostly unsupervised, just give it an occasional stir. If you desire, you can use the crock pot or the pressure cooker for this recipe, those instructions are included at the end.
You can add other herbs to suit your liking. I've known cooks to add parsley, bay leaves, oregano, marjoram, or take the easy way out and use 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning mix instead of the thyme. Experiment until you find the mix your family prefers.
Italian Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
3/4 pound ground beef
1/4 pound ground pork sausage meat
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs - I like Italian style seasoned
2 small eggs
1 clove garlic, or 1 teaspoon minced garlic, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces tomato paste
1 large can of tomatoes or 2 regular cans
1 cup water
1 medium onion, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 4 ounce can mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon thyme or other herbs as desired
2 tablespoons olive oil
- Mix the meats, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and eggs. Form into meatballs the about 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter. Brown in the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven (if cooking sauce on the stovetop).
- When meatballs are brown, remove from the pan and add the onion and green pepper. Saute for a few minutes.
- Return the meat balls to the pot and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours on the stovetop stirring occasionally. You're going to want to cover this, tomato sauces tend to spit occasionally.
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Diane Watkins is a traditional southern style cook. She enjoys cooking, teaching, and writing about good food and family. For more information on southern cooking and recipes visit her website at Easy Southern Cooking