[ Home ] [ Recipes ] [ Shirley's collected recipes ][Mom's Recipes]
Sauces for Meatballs

See Meatballs recipe for using with these sauces.   Vegetarians see Vegetarian Meatloaf to accompany these sauces, substituting vegetable broth for chicken or beef broth.   

1. Sauce for Spaghetti

Note: The source of this recipe is unknown.  It is an evolution of recipes tried over the past 3 decades.  If pork neck bones are available, they impart a nice sweet taste to the sauce, but must be kept separate, because the bones are extremely small and can remain undetected in the sauce. (Steamers are effective, if not clumsy, in that they allow the bones to cook in sauce while keeping them separated.) 

1/2-1 lb hamburger or meatballs
2-3 Italian sausages, sweet or hot, cut in thirds

1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3-4 mushrooms, chopped
1-2 carrots, peeled, cut lengthwise in half, then in thirds (opt)

2 28-oz cans whole tomatoes, chopped, liquid reserved
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
2 small cans tomato paste
1/2 cp red wine

1 t crushed dried basil
1 t crushed dried oregano
2 bay leaves, crumbled
dash salt and pepper

1. Saute onion and garlic. Add mushrooms and saute another minute or two.
2. Add hamburger and chop up well.
3. Add tomato ingredients and spices and mix well, then add sausages.
4. Cook over low heat about 60 minutes, stirring occasionally

2. Beer Sauce for Meatballs

Source: American Heart Association Cookbook recipe for Meatballs in Beer Sauce

1 light margarine
1/2 cp chopped onion
1 T flour
8 oz beer
2 T brown sugar
2 T cider vinegar
2 T beef broth

1. Melt margarine in skillet; saute onions till translucent.
2. Add flour and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
4. Add meatballs to sauce and simmer 20 minutes.

        One serving=2 meatballs calories: 72 cholesterol: 12 mg saturated fat: 1 g

3. Spicy Sweet & Sour Sauce for Meatballs

Source:    Somthing Good, Beta Omega Chapter 1081 of Blythe CA, 1970.  Used for Can be stretched by adding water or more tomato sauce and juice.     Sauce tends to cook down, so it's good to  keep a pot of hot water available for thinning.

1-16 oz canned tomato sauce
1  cp tomato juice
1/4 cp onions, finely chopped

4 T brown sugar
1-2 t Worcestershire sauce
1 t soy sauce
1 t chili powder
1/2-1 t cayenne or other hot pepper powder, to taste
1 t dry mustard
1/2 t ground allspice
1 T minced parsley
fresh pepper to taste (substitute powdered, if necessary)
1/3 cp raisins(opt.)
1/3 cp white or cider vinegar
Add to taste jalapeno, serrano, or other chili pepper

1. Prepare meatballs, place on cookie sheet, preheat oven to 375, and set aside.
2. Brown  onions in butter or oil if desired.
3. Add remaining ingredients to sauce and simmer for about 20 minutes.
4.  While sauce is simmering, bake meatballs at about 375 about 20 minutes, till browned on all sides.
5. Drain on a paper towel to remove grease, then  add to sauce and simmer another 20-30 minutes.