While tomato sauce with meatballs is a popular dish with Americans, Italians serve it as a first course and never as an entree. Nevertheless, this family recipe is hearty, rich and delicious no matter how you serve it. I use san marzano tomatoes even though they have become hideously expensive just because I cannot skimp on the ingredients or the sauce won’t have that fresh, homemade taste. Also, grandma and mom might make a scary appearance if I change the formula, and neither of them are residing on this planet right now. Have you looked at pasta sauce ingredients? They all begin with tomato paste. Seriously? No self respecting Italian family makes their sauce using tomato paste. Tomato paste is added in small amounts, but the base of the sauce is made with 2 or 3 large cans of imported Italian plum tomatoes in juice NOT TOMATO PASTE.
Hi Everyone, My name is Joan and I am a granny, a mom, and an English professor, who loves cooking and sharing traditional favorites.I love Italian foods, southern foods, and every kind of baking from cakes to glorious pies. I don't use processed foods or prepared foods because they mostly taste horrible, but , like all of you, I am constantly pressed for time, so I always try to make recipes that fit my time schedule. I need tons of time to grade all those papers (sob), BUT I can't give up cooking lovely time-tested recipes either, so I find a way to make what I love in an organized, timely way. I give simple instructions because I remember when I was a bride living away from home, I had many a disaster because the recipe directions were strangely vague. For example, I made my first ever stew in a dutch oven and ignored it for three hours, until all the ingredients burned like a hideous mosaic into the bottom of the pot. Sadly, the recipe said nothing about checking and stirring every so often. I also hope to make new friends and gain new ideas here on the infinite kitchen, a place where infinite food fads come and go, but tried and true does not.