Sauce for meatballs

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Sauce for meatballs, particularly tomato-based, has a rich history that spans various cultures and cuisines. In Italy, for example, meatballs (polpette) are often served with a tomato sauce, a tradition that made its way to America with Italian immigrants. Tomato sauce for meatballs has become a staple in Italian-American cuisine, where it’s commonly served over pasta. This type of sauce complements the savory flavors of the meatballs, adding a tangy and slightly sweet depth that makes the dish hearty and satisfying. The tomato sauce not only enhances the taste but also adds moisture to the meatballs, making them even more delicious when stewed together.

Serves: +10
  • Olive oil 30 ml
  • Onion 100 g
  • Garlic 2 cloves
  • Tomato paste 70 g
  • Canned crushed tomatoes 400 g
  • Chicken or beef broth 250 ml
  • Dried oregano 2 g
  • Dried basil 2 g
  • Sugar 5 g
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil 10 g
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  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes. This step helps to deepen the flavors of the sauce.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and broth to the pan. The broth helps to create a smoother sauce and adds an extra layer of flavor.
  • Add the dried oregano, dried basil, sugar (if using), salt, and pepper. The sugar is optional but can help to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Let it cook, uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  • If you’re making meatballs, you can add them to the sauce at this point to stew together. Gently place the meatballs in the sauce, cover the pan, and simmer for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Before serving, sprinkle fresh basil over the sauce for a burst of flavor and color.

Storage Tips

This tomato sauce for meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat gently before serving.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Tomatoes, the base of this sauce, are rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, folate, and antioxidants, including lycopene. These nutrients contribute to heart health and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

Interesting Facts

  • The tradition of serving meatballs with tomato sauce began in Italy but became especially popular in the United States among Italian immigrant communities.
  • In Italy, meatballs are often served as a course on their own (secondo) rather than with pasta.
  • Cooking meatballs in tomato sauce is a method that ensures they are flavorful and tender, as they absorb the sauce’s rich flavors while simmering.

This recipe for tomato sauce is perfect for meatballs, offering a classic, comforting taste that pairs wonderfully with pasta, in a sub, or enjoyed on their own.

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