Frank Vascellaro and his mother Rosalie head to the kitchen to make some delicious sauce and meatballs. Here’s the recipe.

Sauce Ingredients:

1/2-pound Hamburger
1/4-cup olive oil
2-cloves garlic
1/2-whole white onion
1-30 ounce can of Tomato Puree
2-small cans Tomato paste
1- Tablespoon Salt
2-teaspoons Pepper
2- Tablespoons Sugar
1-teasppon Chili pepper flakes
(We have a family of five and double this recipe to make sure there’s some leftover)

Meatball Ingredients:

1-pound hamburger
3- Teaspoons parsley
1-teaspoon Garlic powder
1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
1/2-cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4-cup water
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon pepper

Sauce Directions:

Brown hamburger loose in a frying pan, set aside.

Dice onion and mince garlic. Heat olive oil in large sauce pot. Sauté the garlic and onion in the oil until they are both soft. Add tomato puree and tomato paste. Fill up the empty can of tomato puree with water and add to the sauce. Add salt, pepper, sugar, chili flakes and stir. Add browned hamburger.

Let sauce cook at least 2 hours on medium heat. You can lower the heat and cook the sauce even longer, like half the day. It will make you house smell great.

Meatball directions:

In a large mixing bowl combine hamburger, parsley, garlic powder, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, pepper and water. Mix together and then by hand roll into balls. You may want to add a little more water if the meat seems dry. Also, keep a bowl of water handy to keep your hands wet and they won’t stick to you.

Place the meatballs in the sauce and let them cook at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. Again, you can let them simmer in the sauce all day if you like. Enjoy.

Comments (15)
  1. anita says:

    love the recepis keep em coming

  2. jane says:

    Mama V & Frank should have a cook book! Love the recipes are great……

  3. Deb Vinge Hernandez says:

    Love this segment so much!!!!!!!! I look forward to it! Thanks for sharing. It sounds wonderful, can’t wait to try.

  4. Jay says:

    Highlight what you want printed, hit control and p, click on selections, then hit print. Otherwise you get everything.

  5. Billie Windschitl says:

    I made Mama V’s Meatloaf recipe for our family and a friend’s family. We all loved it. It had great flavor. Thanks, Mama V.

  6. Tara says:

    I am making this recipe right now and the sauce keeps bubbling up and spitting all over making a huge mess! It says to cook on medium heat and I’ve turned it down to low and it is still bubbling up all over. It doesn’t say anything about covering the sauce pot while it cooks…does anyone have any advice?

  7. Alison says:

    This was amazing! Made this Saturday morning during the blizzard and it simmered all day long. Family loved it!
    Making a triple batch over Christmas break, freezing it in ziploc bags and sending it back with my college kids. Very easy!

  8. Tom Flynn says:

    Just want to pass along my best Christmas wishes to Frank and Mrs. Vascellero. I grew up on the same street as Frank in Denver and remember fondly being treated to cookies and candy this time of year by Mrs Vascellero. I hope the admins of this site will pass along my message. Thanks.

  9. Bonnie says:

    Brought back memories of my Mamma and the all day Saturday cooking sauce for all the upcoming dishes the following week. Mamma threw in hot spicy Italian sausage chunks sometimes and let simmer most of the day with the meal balls. Thank you for calling up this wonderful memory – Bonnie

  10. Sue says:

    That is awesome! I love your Italian family recipes!

  11. Mary says:

    why can’t I download the whole reciepes and why don’t you set up the recipe so
    all the picturres etc don’t show.

  12. Renee says:

    Tara, you want to simmer it basically. Don’t want to over-boil…or the meatballs will fall apart. By simmering the sauce…you are actually marinating/marrying all the yummy flavors of spices together. Making the sauce and the meatball flavors come alive. THe longer you can do this…the better the flavor comes out. Sometimes, it all is actually better the next day…as the sauce and everythign can really meld while in the frigerator. Enjoy! I have a family TNT similar to this (don’t add hamburger to the sauce…as the meatballs alraedy have meat)…. What a wonderful recipe to share! 🙂

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