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Lisa’s Italian Kitchen Meatball Sauce Recipe

Lisa's Meatball Sauce Recipe

“That’s a sum-a-na-gun meat-a-ball!”

This phrase is one which my St. Louis cousins used to say every time my family and I visited them. With my recipe for authentic, Three-Meat Neapolitan-style Meatballs, you will want to make this recipe over and over again!

Recipe for Lisa’s Meatball Sauce:

  • 3 jars (24 oz) of Lisa’s Italian Kitchen Classic Authentic Tomato Sauce
  • 2 slices Italian Bread
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 pound course-ground sausage meat with fennel seeds
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • ¾ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil for frying


In a large pot, heat Lisa’s Italian Kitchen Authentic Classic Red. Simmer until warm.

In a small bowl, soak the bread in the milk.

LIK Bread Soak and Ingredients for Lisa's Meatball Recipe

In a large bowl, combine the ground meats, eggs, parsley, garlic, cheeses, oregano, sea salt and pepper to taste.

LIK Meatball Meat Mixture

Squeeze the excess milk from the bread and add the bread to the meat mixture, making sure everything is well combined.

LIK Lisa Mixes Meatball Ingredients by Hand to Combine

With your hands, shape the mixture into meatballs 2 to 2 ½ inches in diameter. Place the meatballs on a tray as you make them.

LIK Meatball Rows

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, brown the meatballs on all sides.

Meatballs cooking in a pan

Transfer to paper towels to drain. Add the meatballs to the simmering tomato sauce and cook another 2 to 4 hours over very low heat.

Meatball Recipe Finishes Cooking in Classic Red Sauce


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About the Author
Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!