Grandma’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Ingredients:

  • Sauce:
  • 4 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2⁄3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sweet basil
  • Meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1⁄2 pound sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup stale bread crumbs
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped fine (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a 3 quart pan, blend tomato paste and water until smooth.
  2. Stir in garlic.
  3. Cook, uncovered, until sauce begins to boil.
  4. Stir and lower heat.
  5. Simmer with lid on, stirring occasionally.
  6. After 3 hours, add sugar and basil.
  7. Stir and simmer 1 more hour.
  8. Pan will be about 1⁄2 full.
  9. Mix ground beef, sausage, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  10. Add eggs and mix well.
  11. In another bowl, blend remaining ingredients and add a little at a time to meat mixture.
  12. Blend well, and form into meatballs.
  13. Fry, turning as needed.
  14. Can also bake on a cookie sheet in a 350° oven rather than fry.
  15. Simmer meatballs in sauce 15 minutes before serving with spaghetti.
  16. To freeze: Divide meatballs and sauce into two 1 gallon freezer bags.
  17. Lay flat to freeze.

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