Italian Tomato Sauce With Pork, Sausage, & Turkey Meatballs

written by Julie Cohn

This is a simple Italian Tomato Sauce With Pork, Sausage, & Turkey Meatballs, good for every day cooking, yet is also great for guests who want a hearty pasta dinner.  My family loves this so much, I make it at least once every two weeks and freeze the leftovers for a second meal.

Italian Tomato Sauce With Pork, Sausage, & Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Boneless Pork Chop
  • 2-3 Links Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 3 boxes Pomi *strained tomatoes
  • ½ c. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 5-6 Cloves of garlic, peeled
  • ½ Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 12 oz. Can Tomato paste
  • ¼ c. Balsamic vinegar
 
In a large stock pot, heat the 1 Tbsp olive oil on medium high.  Add the pork chop and sausage, and sear for 4-5 minutes on each side.  Remove the meat from the pan and set the pan off on a cool burner for a few minutes.  Pour the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blend until garlic is in tiny chunks. Pour about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture into a stockpot and set on medium, scraping to remove the cooked browned meat and fat off the bottom of the pan.
 Add the remaining sauce mixture and put the meat back in, and heat on medium heat until it starts bubbling, then reduce the heat to medium low.  Stir occasionally so it does not stick and let it simmer, covered, for 3-4 hours.   When you serve it, the pork will have fallen apart in the pan, but if it doesn’t, use a fork to shred it a little bit.  
Turkey Meatballs
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey (Use the 92% fat free)
  • 1/2 c. Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 c. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Small Onion, Finely minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and form into small meatballs.  Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 35 – 40 minutes, until brown.  Remove from the oven and place in the tomato sauce for about an hour before serving.
*Pomi tomatoes are the only kind of tomatoes I use for my sauce–they are Italian tomatoes and sweeter than tomatoes from the United States. If you cannot find Pomi, Carmelina or Pastene are a good substitute.

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