Meatballs and gravy…It’s a South Philly saying ..I don’t care what they call it…this is what we call it .

Craving a comforting and flavorful meal that’s sure to please the whole family? Look no further than this classic meatball and gravy recipe! Tender meatballs simmered in a rich and savory tomato sauce create a dish that’s both hearty and satisfying. This recipe is easy to follow and requires minimal prep work, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Serve it over your favorite pasta, mashed potatoes, or polenta for a complete and delicious meal.


Meatballs and Gravy





Ingredient Quantity
Ground Beef 1 pound
Ground Pork 1/2 pound
Breadcrumbs 1 cup
Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 cup
Garlic, minced 2 cloves
Fresh Parsley, chopped 1/4 cup
Large Eggs 2
Salt and Pepper To taste
Olive oil for frying

Gravy (Tomato Sauce):

Ingredient Quantity
Crushed Tomatoes 1 (28-ounce) can
Diced Tomatoes 1 (14-ounce) can
Onion, finely chopped 1
Garlic, minced 2 cloves
Fresh Basil, chopped 1/4 cup
Fresh Oregano, chopped 1/4 cup
Salt and Pepper To taste
Olive Oil 2 tablespoons


  1. Meatball Mastery:

    • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, pork, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, eggs, and seasonings. Mix well until everything is incorporated.
    • Form the mixture into 1.5-inch meatballs and set them aside.
    • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the meatballs until golden brown on all sides and cooked through (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Gravy Galore:

    • If needed, add more olive oil to the same skillet. Sauté the chopped onion and garlic until softened and fragrant.
    • Pour in the crushed and diced tomatoes, then stir in the chopped basil and oregano. Season with salt and pepper.
    • Bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the cooked meatballs back to the pan, ensuring they’re covered by the sauce.
    • Simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes, letting the flavors meld and the meatballs absorb the savory tomato sauce.
  3. Serve and Savor:

    • Once the meatballs are cooked through and the flavors are combined, serve them hot over your favorite pasta, rice, or crusty bread. Enjoy!

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