Kittencal's Italian Tomato Pasta Sauce and Parmesan Meatballs
210 mins (prep 30, cooking 180)
13 ingredients
10 servings
There is a method to making the perfect sauce and that is a very long slow cooking time then refrigerate to blend the flavors, a good sauce needs time to "ripen" and develop it's full flavor, this sauce must be made a day or even up 4 days ahead in order for the flavors to intensify, the longer you leave it refrigerated the better it will be --- this recipe makes a fair amount use what you need then freeze the rest in plastic containers for another meal, for a quick thaw just pop in the microwave for about 8 minutes or a little more or thaw in refrigerator overnight, if desired you may partially precook the meatballs on a greased baking sheet in oven before adding to the sauce --- you will love this sauce and you will be making it often! ---- also see my Kittencal's Delicious Meaty Pasta Sauce

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  • prepared meatball, recipe (see my kittencal's italian melt-in-your-mouth meatballs)
  • olive oil (to cover bottom of the pot)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 large garlic cloves, finely chopped (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (rubbed with fingers to release the oils)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (rubbed with fingers to release the oils)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional or to taste)
  • 1 (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1/3-1/2 cup dry red wine (or to taste)
  • 2 (28 ounce) crushed tomatoes (can use 3 cans if you plan of freezing some sauce)
  • 2 (28 ounce) diced tomatoes, well drained
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional and to be added in the last 30 minutes of cooking time)


Serving Size (26.7 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 19.67 Calories from Fat 0.72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.08g 1.23%
Saturated Fat 0.02g 0.85%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 583.28mg 243.03%
Total Carbohydrate 4.7g 15.65%
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g 27.9%
Sugars 3.55 g %
Protein 0.73g 14.7%
Vitamin A 259.4IU% Vitamin C 3.73mg%
Calcium 6.49mg% Iron 0.51mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
meatball, prepared, large, large garlic cloves, dried oregano, dried basil, fresh ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, dry red wine, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes