That Ain’t Italian!

Coming from an Italian family it was always tradition for Mom to cook a fantastic plate of macaroni and meatballs on Sunday.  When you grow up with an Italian cook, you don’t eat out very much, honestly, because the homemade meals are so good.  My mom grew so accustomed to her mom’s cooking and her own she preferred to just cook at home!  If invited to a meal out at a fine Italian restaurant, she would always say “That ain’t Italian” and we would just laugh!

Mom, My Husband Jim and I sharing in one of my mom’s wonderful meals!

The heart of our family life was around the kitchen table with good food, family and plenty of laughs. Mom always worked hard and hands down is the best cook!  Growing up, she made sure we had everything we needed and more. We were blessed to have such a fun mom!  She is what I would call the quintessential homemaker and her and my dad made sure we understood the value of family and friendship.

Mom, Dad, and My Brother Bill

Mom’s best meal was her delicious sauce and meatballs we liked to call “Sunday Sauce”.  I can still smell the wonderful aroma of meatballs cooking on a Sunday afternoon as the family would gather to eat delicious Italian food and connect.  Hope you enjoy this special family recipe.  Enjoy!

Sunday (Tomato) Sauce

¼ cup olive oil (you can use olive oil as the healthy choice or vegatable oil as my mom prefers)

3 cloves garlic

Pork country style ribs and beef

3 8 oz. cans tomato paste

1 16 oz. can crushed tomatoes

2 cups water



Red Pepper flakes (optional)

Saute garlic on low to medium heat. Add pork style ribs and beef until well browned.  Incorporate the 3 cans of tomato paste and mix well.  When pork, beef and tomato paste are well integrated, add one can of crushed tomatoes and (6) 8 oz. cans of water.  Mix in one more tablespoon of oil and stir all the ingredients together.  Wait for the sauce to boil and then turn the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about an hour.


1 lb. ground round beef with ground pork mixed in

2 gloves garlic



1 egg

4 slices of Italian bread

1 tbls. Parsley

3 handfuls of Pecorano Romano Cheese

1 cup of Olive Oil (you can use olive oil as the healthy choice or vegatable oil as my mom prefers)

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.  Place in the refrigerator to settle for about an hour. When ready to cook, heat oil in a large frying pan.  Roll the hamburger mixture into round balls and place in the hot oil until they are cooked through and crispy brown on the outside.  Add meatballs plus the leftover oil from the pan into the tomato sauce.  Delicious!


2 thoughts on “That Ain’t Italian!

  1. You made your mom proud. You describe it all so beautifully. “THAT AIN’T ITALIAN” uncle ed and I have quoted her many times telling that same story.

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