Meatballs and Italian Sausage Sauce Recipe

This Meatballs and Italian Sausage Sauce recipe is one of the winning entries from the Great Spaghetti Sauce recipe contest.

| December 1991/January 1992

Try this Meatballs and Italian Sausage Sauce recipe with your favorite pasta for a great main dish meal.

We received a number of versions of this old-fashioned, all-day, two-meat style of sauce. Since you’re most likely to make this dish in the cold months, you might want to substitute 1 to 1 1/2 ¬≠tablespoons of dried herbs for the fresh ones listed here.

Meatballs and Italian Sausage Sauce Recipe


• 5 pounds Italian plum tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
• 1 large onion, minced
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
• 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
• 1/2 cup dry red wine
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
• 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
• 2 bay leaves
• 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
• 6 ounces Italian tomato paste
• 6 ounces water


• 2 pounds Italian sausage, hot or sweet or mixed
• 3 tablespoons olive oil

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