Homemade Marinara Sauce with Meatballs (serves 8 hungry people)
- Olive oil
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- fresh chopped parsley (guesstimate, I have no idea how much I ended up using)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 TB oregano
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Fresh basil (approximately 1/4 cup)
- 3 (28 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes (plum, preferably) in sauce
- 1 (15 oz) can of tomato sauce
- 2 carrots (cut up)
- 1 TB salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 3 sweet Italian sausage links (optional, but I think add great flavor)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
Put olive oil in lagre cooking pot, put enough in to cover the bottom of the pan. Put the chopped garlic and chopped onions in and simmer until light brown color.
Add the 3 cans of tomatoes in sauce. Also add tomato sauce and mix. Add the cut up carrots, which help cut the acidity in the sauce.
Next add the salt and chopped parsley. Add basil leaves and oregano to the sauce. Add bay leaves and 1/2 tsp sugar in the gravy. Simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the ground beef, eggs, parsley, bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp salt and a little pepper. Sprinkly in the garlic and onion powders. Mix up and make into meatballs. Put the meatballs into a frying pan (coated in olive oil and brown each side. Then add meatballs to the sauce.
Brown sausage if desire and then add to the sauce. The meat can probably sit in the sauce for up to 1 1/2 hours as it simmers. Enjoy over your favorite pasta. I like to serve with fresh shredded parmesean.