Grandma’s Meatballs & Sauce

Meatballs

1 lb ground pork, chicken, or beef
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 TBS parsley
2 eggs
4 slices bread grated on large holes of grater
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and form into meatballs. Fry on top of stove or bake in oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes turning after 20 minutes.

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Sauce:

1 medium onion chopped
2 TSB olive oil
1 large (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 small ( 8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 small (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 & 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp each basil, Italian seasoning, oregano
1 TBS sugar (you can substitute 1 packet of stevia)
salt & pepper to taste
Saute’ onion in olive oil. Remove pan from burner & let it cool a little before adding the cans of tomatoes and water otherwise it will splatter. Return to heat and add the seasonings. Raise heat and stir well and often until it comes to a boil. Cover & simmer on low for 1/2 hour. After 1/2 hour add the meatballs and continue cooking on low for at least 1 hour… 2 hours is better. Ladle over cooked pasta, sprinkle with cheese & fresh basil, and enjoy. Mangia!
Hint: Sauce will thicken when it cools. Best to make a day ahead and reheat.

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