Meatball and Sausage Sunday Gravy

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This recipe is near and dear to my heart. It was the first recipe that I absolutely needed to know. It's the recipe that ruined eating out for me, still to this day. My mom’s meatballs are so insanely good, that I need to caution everyone. If you make them, all others will fail to impress. So there, you’ve been warned. It took me a while to learn this, mostly because my mom kept leaving out ingredients. I honestly got: “Oh, yeah, I guess I do put an egg in there. I never write anything down, I guess I forgot” all the time. Sure Mom, sure. Trust me, they are incredible!


1 Pound ground turkey
3 Links of Italian sausage
1 Egg
1/3 Cup of parmesan
1/2 Cup of Stove Top stuffing
1 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
3 Large cloves of garlic
29 Oz can of tomato sauce
3/4 Tablespoon oregano
3/4 Tablespoon basil
3/4 Tablespoon sugar


  • Preheat oven to 275
  • Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, egg and parmesan into a bowl and mix to combine. This is so all that flavor is evenly mixed in the meat.
  • Add the stuffing and meat and mix all ingredients with your hands.
  • Form the meatballs.

A couple things:

Use meat that is straight from the package or the meatball mixture will be wet and harder to work with. So if you have thawed meat, or if you've split a large package of meat between 2 meals and you're using the second half after keeping it in the fridge for a couple days, you might need to add some breadcrumbs to help form the meatballs.

When I was in Italy, I never saw a meatball greater than the diameter of a quarter. It may take time, but my family loves them like that.

  • Add 1 TB of olive oil to a heavy bottom pan (such as a dutch oven, something you can put in the oven) and heat over medium heat. Add the meatballs to the pan and brown on a couple sides.
  • Add ½ TB of olive oil to a separate pan over medium heat. Then add the sausages and brown on a couple sides.
  • Remove the sausages and cut them into 2 inch sections and add to the meatballs.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add tomato sauce, oregano, basil and sugar to the pot and stir until incorporated.
  • Put on cover, and then put into the oven. Bake for 75 minutes, checking and stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from oven, uncover, and put back onto the stove (over medium heat) for another 10 -15 minutes to thicken the sauce. Don’t forget that the pot is hot!!

Serve over buttered pasta and parmesan!

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