Tomato Sauce with Meatballs

This recipe is thanks to Grandma Cooper, we enjoy it a few times a year and always on Christmas Eve.  It is perfect for one family on lazy Sunday morning to prepare and enjoy the double batch; setting one meal away in the freezer.  Just remember you may need to split the sauce into 2 pots for simmering the meatballs.

Grandma Cooper’s Tomato Sauce with Meatballs
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Because this sauce is so divine the recipe makes a double batch.  A double batch can be made by each guest but requires a 7 litre/7 quart slow cooker or dutch oven.  In a group setting it is suggested that 2 guests make one recipe just divide vegetables and sauce between 2 pots and guests can roll their own meatballs. This recipe works well started in the morning and cooking in the slow cooker for 6 hours on high or simmering on the stove for 3 hours.  Flavours are fantastic made a day ahead.
Grandma Cooper’s Tomato Sauce with Meatballs
Print Recipe
Because this sauce is so divine the recipe makes a double batch.  A double batch can be made by each guest but requires a 7 litre/7 quart slow cooker or dutch oven.  In a group setting it is suggested that 2 guests make one recipe just divide vegetables and sauce between 2 pots and guests can roll their own meatballs. This recipe works well started in the morning and cooking in the slow cooker for 6 hours on high or simmering on the stove for 3 hours.  Flavours are fantastic made a day ahead.
Ingredients
Sauce Ingredients:
Meatball Ingredients:
Instructions
Sauce Instructions:
  1. Heat a large sauté pan or dutch oven over med high heat, add the olive oil and sauté onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, chopped green and red peppers and mushrooms to the onion mixture and continue until vegetables are soft and onions are translucent.
  3. While vegetables are cooking add tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato juice, oregano, basil, carrot, sugar, crushed red peppers to the slow cooker if using and set on heat. Alternatively if using a dutch oven add ingredients to the vegetables once they are cooked and bring to a boil and set on simmer while you prepare meatballs.
  4. Taste and add any salt and pepper seasonings.
Meatball Instructions:
  1. Add all meatball ingredients into a bowl starting with the ground meats.
  2. Using clean slightly wet hands mix ingredients until meat and spices are evenly distributed.
  3. With your hands form meat mixture into small meatballs 1 - 2 tablespoons in size. Roll in the palm of your hand until you see no cracks.
  4. Formed meatballs can then be added directly to the simmering sauce. Make sure sauce is divided into 2 slow cookers or large pots before adding meatballs unless you have a 7 l pot.
  5. Meatballs will cook in the simmering sauce for 3 hours on the stove or for 6 hours on high in the slow cooker covered. For the last hour of cooking you may want to remove the lid to let the sauce reduce. You can also skim away any fat that rises to the surface of the sauce with a large spoon.
  6. Serve on top of your favourite pasta, with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a side salad.
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One thought on “Tomato Sauce with Meatballs”

  1. Monique- Toronto

    With Alison’s help, we arranged a Children Cooking with Love group at our home. My daughter chose the classic Grandma Cooper’s Tomato sauce with Meatballs. Alison provided excellent basic cooking tips for the girls and helped them prepare a truly delicious dinner! I was really impressed with Alison’s patience with the young chefs and her ability to explain to them the proper and safe way to handle and prepare food.

    I would highly recommend the Sticky-Kitchen Children Cooking with Love program to anyone with kids who are curious about cooking and would like to learn some basic tips, that will help them prepare meals now and throughout their lives!

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