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Beefy Italian Meatballs and Kim’s Fabulous Red Sauce

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 Sauce

1/2 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


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  

This is the size my family of six prefers. But you can make them smaller.

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. 

My meatballs w/Kim Koelbel Red Sauce. A Winning combination!

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.




About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

3 responses »

  1. Very good solid recipe.


  2. Granny? Still don’t believe it!


    • I’ll be 47 in December. I avoid hard alcohol, sun, and I drink a lot of water, and if I am home I don’t wear make-up, and clean my face. Having my mom’s genetics helps too



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