I like trying variations of foods I cook from friends, cause well one never stops learning or trying new ideas. And my friend Kim Koelbel was kind enough to share her recipe for her “Fabulous Red Sauce” and is it good, and goes perfect with my meatball recipe that follows Kim’s!
For Kim’s Red Sauce1/2 lb. mild italian sausage
1 lb. ground beef
2 med chopped onions
3 cups chopped mushrooms
3 garlic cloves, minced.Then pour in 1/2 bottle of good red wine 1 minute later. (You’ll want to use a good wine that you will drink. Then go ahead and drink the other half.)Make sure to burn off the alcohol before adding the rest of the ingredients.
15 oz. chopped tomatoes
15 oz. tomato sauce
30 oz. prepared spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
smidgen of sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Lower heat and simmer for several hours until thick enough, be sure to stir sauce occasionally.
My Big Beefy Meatballs
Ingredients:3-4 slices of white bread toasted and using a spice grinder or food processor crumbled to yield about 1 1/2 cups of fresh bread crumbs. 1 lb of the following three proteins ground beef, veal and pork 2 large eggs lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups grated parmigano-reggiano cheese 1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf (italian) parsley 2 garlic cloves minced 1 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp pepper 3 Tbsp olive oil
In a large bowl combine all the above ingredients except the olive oil Mix gently until evenly combined. Rinse your hands with water, do not dry. Shape meatballs into 2 inch balls
In a large frying pan heat oil over med-high heat and add meatballs. Try not to over crowd frying pan, so you may have to cook in smaller batches. Turn meatballs occasionally, until crisp and brown on all sides, approx 15 min. Transfer cooked meatballs to a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil then transfer to Large pot of Kim’s Fab Red Sauce.
Serve with your past of choice, and you can sprinkle fresh grated parmesan cheese and/or add finely chopped fresh basil. Now don’t forget to have a nice bottle of red wine and fresh bread.
Special thanks to Kim Tally Koelbel for sharing her fabulous red sauce on my blog. Kim is also an accomplished and gifted artist. Kim’s paintings can be found on her website under “Clarissa’s Favorite Sites. If you have time please check out her site.