One of the things that is important to know about me is that I am Italian, and Sicilian.
Yes, there is a difference.
The break down is that my father is pure Italian, and my mother’s mom, is pure Sicilian.
My Italian heritage was mostly raised in New York and then moved to California when my father was a baby. So besides some of the traditions, you can only tell we are pure Italian when you throw us all into a room together, and you hear us with our loud, obnoxious bantering. And of course we are only there to eat!
Now my Sicilian Heritage actually came over from Sicily, because of arranged marriages, and the war. My great-grandmother spoke Sicilian. and when I was very little I remember being able to understand a bit of what she was saying. Unfortunately, she had a stroke which left her dumb, and nobody in my family carried on the language so it died.
Lucky for me what both sides of my family did leave…was our legacy of good food, the value of family, and the courage to embrace our loudness.
This Spaghetti recipe is nothing fancy. We don’t crush our tomatoes and make our sauce from scratch. We don’t roll out and make our own noodles either. What we do is open up a bunch of cans, throw them all together, make our own meatballs, cut Italian sausages in half to brown them, throw it all in a pot and let the flavors amalgamate and cook all day. That is the what makes this sauce special.
Start by making the meatballs first. Get out your pan and rub a bit of olive oil on the bottom. Set this on low and then grab a big mixing bowl and combine the ingredients for your meatballs.
Now the fun part…dig in and squish it all around! Roll that mixture into balls and fry them up. Make sure to keep turning them or you will end up with meat squares. (I’m speaking from experience.)
While your meatballs are cooking get your sauce going, and keep it on low. Once your meatballs are finished add them to your sauce.
Next open your package of Sweet Italian sausage and cut them in half, leaving them in the skin. Fry them up, until they are brown on all sides. Add them to the sauce and let the whole thing cook on low for a minimum of 4 hours.
Now just cook your noodles, spaghetti squash, or zucchini when you are ready, and you’ve got dinner!
I love recipes where I can get dinner cooking before work. Nothing makes me feel more like a rock star mom then when I come home from work and have a home-cooked meal all ready to eat! Enjoy!
From my family to yours!
1 lb Hamburger
1 TBS Garlic Salt
2 TBS Italian Seasoning
1/4 Cup Romano Cheese
1 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
Mix all ingredients together and form into balls. Brown in a pan with light olive oil, until cooked all the way through. Add 2 cloves of pressed garlic to pan until fragrant. Place meatballs and garlic in sauce.
28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
28 oz Can Tomato Puree
12 oz Tomato Paste
2- 12oz Cans Water
2 tsp garlic salt
1 TBS Italian Seasoning
1/2 TBS Sugar
Add meatballs and/or Sweet Italian Sausage. Cook Approx 4-5 hours.