I immediately took a liking to her family's recipe because of the addition of a pound pork spareribs and chuck roast. That's bound to be an exciting spaghetti sauce! The Zappa family served these meats, including meatballs, piled high on the spaghetti.
I decided to combine Lynn's and the Kappa family's recipes and use a variety of fresh tomatoes to develop my own homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs.
Fresh Tomatoes and Pork Ribs Spaghetti Sauce
1 rack of baby back pork ribs
3.4 lbs roma tomatoes
1.3 lbs orange cluster tomatoes
2 lbs vine ripened tomatoes
1 box of sliced button mushrooms (steamed to get rid of excess liquid)
2 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste
2 dried bay leaf
1 1/2 chopped onions
3 roasted bell peppers
The Following Can Be As Much As You Want
fresh basil (thinly sliced)
red pepper flakes
fresh parsley (minced)
Dry Ingredients: Salt, Sugar, Red Wine, Tomato Paste, Olive Oil, Ground Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Red Pepper Flakes
Squeezing the Tomatoes; Chopped Tomatoes
The entire sauce-cooking process involves one pot, so make sure you get a large enough pot. The first thing you do in this pot is brown the pork ribs. Heat the pot with some olive oil and lightly seasoned the ribs with salt before placing them in the pot to brown. Turn the ribs so they brown evenly and don't stick to the pot. After the ribs have brownd, take them out and pour out the fat from the pot. The ribs should not be fully cooked.
Browning Baby Back Ribs
Heat the pan with olive oil again, and toss the onions and garlic into the pot. Once the onion is half tender, Arrange the ribs in the onion and garlic so that the ribs are touching the bottom of the pan. Pour in the red wine and let simmer for 5 minutes. Then top the ribs and onions with the steamed mushrooms, roasted bell peppers, and tomatoes. Mix the ingredients together and let the stuff set for 5 minutes. Then mix in 2 cans of tomato paste. Season the pot with some of the salt, sugar, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Be careful not to over season the sauce. It's safer to go light and season as you go. Let the sauce sit for 10 minutes, then add half of fresh basil and parsley. Allow the sauce to simmer on low heat for about an hour.
Meatballs on tomato sauce before being pushed to the bottom of the pot
Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and Meatballs
I was pretty happy with my homemade sauce and meatballs, but I think I under-seasoned everything.