Spicy Meat Sauce – The Meatball Shop

This is the sauce that we had with the meatballs from yesterday.  The recipe is also from The Meatball Shop in NYC.  It is really easy to make.  It is also pretty spicy.  It isn’t burn your mouth or make your nose run spicy, but it makes your mouth pretty warm.  If you aren’t into spicy foods, just reduce the amount of red pepper flakes.  We happen to really like spicy food, and we loved this sauce!  The original recipe calls for ground pork shoulder.   I had sausage in the fridge, so I used that instead.  I thought the sausage worked really well.  I will definitely be making this sauce again and again.  

The Meatball Shop – Spicy Meat Sauce
8 cups
NY Daily News
(Printable Recipe)

1 large yellow onion, small dice (about 2 cups)
1 pound sausage
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chili flakes
2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp tomato paste
2 28-ounce cans tomatoes, chopped (preferably San Marzano) (I pulsed mine in the food processor)

Cook the onions and sausage with the olive oil, chili and salt over a medium heat in a large pot (6 quarts), stirring constantly until the meat is thoroughly cooked and the onions are soft and beginning to brown (about 15 minutes).

Add the tomato paste and continue cooking for five minutes.

Add the canned tomatoes and stir constantly until sauce begins to boil.

Continue cooking for 35 minutes, stirring every four or five minutes so that the sauce does not burn.

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  1. The plate is making me hungry and I must try the meatballs with the ricotta in them. I'm about ready for good ole spaghetti and meatballs.

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