Meatballs & Homemade Sauce

white bowl with meatballs stacked with fresh basil and garlic bread scooping up sauce

Juicy homemade meatballs with flavorful red sauce made from scratch




Homemade Sauce


  1. In the dutch oven, over medium heat add 2 tbsp of olive oil and sauté onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add all the meatball ingredients (minus the 1/2 cup olive oil). Using your hands mix the meatballs until ingredients are all combined. Form balls with your hands (I usually form mine into 1 1/2in balls) and place aside.
  2. Heat 1/2 cup olive oil in dutch oven on med/high heat. Add the meatballs and pan sear 2 sides for about 1 minute on each side. I did it in two batches. Set aside on a pan and start the sauce once all the meatballs have been pan seared.
  3. Leaving the oil in the dutch oven, add the anchovies. Once they are dissolved, add the onions and sauté until they begin to soften about 3-4 minutes. Then add the grated garlic and carrots to the sauce, let cook another minute. Open 2 cans of san marzano tomatoes and add to the sauce. Mix in the sugar, red pepper flakes, oregano, and fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Using your cooking utensil break up the tomatoes in the sauce and bring to a boil. Once it begins to bubble lower the heat to simmer. Now is the time if you do not want a chunky sauce to use the immersion blender. Then add the fresh basil, stir the sauce, and add the meatballs.
  5. Let the sauce and meatballs simmer for 30 minutes. The meatballs should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  6. Serve alone, over pasta, as a meatball sub, or with garlic bread
  7. Top with additional parmesan cheese, basil, and red pepper flakes


Keywords: meatballs, red sauce, homemade sauce, hot italian sausage, beef, veal