It's safe to say that every Italian family has their own sauce recipe that they keep under lock and key before it's ceremoniously given to someone deemed worthy enough to be let in on the secret. There's something about having a family recipe passed down from one generation to the next. And it's another to actually attempt to execute said family recipe, especially when it came from a highly respected matriarch.
While I love cooking and will fearlessly try out recipes left and right, to say that I was intimidated by this sauce and meatballs recipe was a little bit of an understatement. This is what Jesse's family talks about with such love and admiration! They have an annual Italian Night tradition that has this famed sauce and meatballs at its core! Not to mention how labor intensive the entire eight-hour cooking process is!
Yet, I had to do it. I had to at least try. I never buy jarred sauces anyway, so why not make something from a legit source? So, one weekend last month, I did it. I made sauce and meatballs at Anaïs' birthday dinner request. And how did it turn out? Watch the video above and see for yourself! :-)