Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
In a deep saucepan or Dutch Oven heat olive oil over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic and optional ingredients (if using) and saute until softened and the mushrooms (if using) have released most of their liquid, stirring frequently.
Add the Passata (strained tomatoes) and mix well. Cover and simmer over medium heat.
Combine the meatball ingredients and form into meatballs. Small meatballs for a pasta dish, or larger meatballs for a meatball sub.
Carefully drop the uncooked meatballs into the simmering sauce.
Cover the pot and simmer over medium low heat for 1 ½ hours or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked.
1. Serve over your favorite cooked pasta
2. Serve in Italian style buns with provolone cheese for a meatball sub