Sunday Sauce

Sunday Sauce Recipe & Meatballs

There is nothing better than a cozy Sunday at home, relaxing, movies, a glass of wine… ahhhhh… and most of all filling up the house with the amazing and glorious aromas of a good-old Sunday Sauce! This is one of my favorite dishes to make because the outcome is always so rewarding! Everyone will be quite happy when this is on the menu, that is for sure. Feast on the Sunday sauce recipe & Meatballs alone or on top of Rigatoni. Just make sure to have some yummy soft bread on the table for mopping so none of that divine sauce goes to waste! Cheers

Sunday Sauce

Sunday Sauce Recipe & Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


For Sauce:

  • 2 bone in pork chops
  • 2 MEDIUM yellow onions ruff chop
  • 10-12 LG cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup frest oregano rough chop
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme dry
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry red wine 3
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 28 oz can water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

For Meatballs:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey ( can use ground beef,veal, pork, chicken, or a combination  )
  • 3 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dry
  • 3 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup Asiago cheese
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 LG egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Prepare  Meat:
    Heavily season Bone-in Pork Chops on both sides with Garlic Powder, Sea salt and Black Pepper. Set aside.
    In a Separate Bowl:
    Add Ground Turkey, Garlic Powder, Bread Crumbs, Egg, Cheese,Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Salt & Pepper. 
    Using your hands, mix and grind mixture until well combined.
    Take golf ball size amounts of mixture and roll into balls. Set aside.
    In a skillet over medium high heat, add Canola Oil.
    Once Oil is hot, add Meatballs until outsides are browned. Set aside. ( not necessary to cook through ) 
    Prepare Sauce:
    In a large pot over medium low heat, add Olive Oil.
    Once Oil is hot, add Pork Chops  and brown all sides. ( not necessary to cook through ) 
    Once Pork Chops are browned on all sides, remove from pot and set aside.
    Add Crushed Red Pepper Flakes,Thyme & Onions to pot.
    While stirring, make sure to scrape up all of the left over residue from the Pork Chops.
    Add Basil, Oregano, Parsley & Garlic. Stir and cook about 10 minutes to soften.
    Add Red Wine. Stir and let simmer about 10 minutes or until alcohol has cooked off.
    Add 2 cans Crushed Tomatoes, 1 Can Water, 1/2 can Tomato Paste.Stir
    Turn up heat to medium high.
    Add Sea Salt, Black Pepper & Sugar. Stir .
    Add Pork Chops and Meatballs to sauce. Stir. 
    When sauce begins to bubble, lower heat to low, cover & simmer approximately 2-3 hours ( or until desired consistency ) Stirring  often so sauce does not stick or burn.
    Enjoy Meatballs & sauce on their own or with a  Pasta of your choice. I prefer Rigatoni  =)
     Buon Appetito e Mangia Bene!
    * Sauce will cook down and thicken over the course of cooking.
    *Will make enough for 2 lbs. Pasta. If you are not planning onmaking that much, remove meat and freeze in glass Mason Jars.
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