Tomato Sauce for Meatballs
Recipe type: Entree
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Here is a quick sauce to use with your meatballs.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes
  • 9 ounces tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions in it for 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add the tomatoes and herbs. Crush the tomatoes with a masher or the back side of a large spoon. Allow the tomato sauce to simmer for approximately 20 minutes until thickened. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper, as necessary.
  2. If serving immediately, place the Italian meatballs into the tomato sauce and simmer to re-warm the meatballs. Serve over spaghetti. If not serving immediately, you can freeze the meatballs in a resealable plastic bag, either with the sauce or separately. When you place them in large freezer bags, consider laying the bag on its side and filling it so that it can lay down in one layer. They stack very nicely in the freezer this way.
Recipe by kelly yandell at