Twiins Family Favorite Sunday Pasta & Meat Sauce Dinner

As children, we knew it was Sunday just by waking to the aromas permeating throughout the house! The onions & garlic sauteing, the browning of the sausages, pork pieces, braciole, and meatballs. On the counter were the cans of tomatoes waiting to be added to bring together our family’s Sunday meat sauce…brings back the best childhood memories of our family’s ritual of making the Sunday sauce or gravy as our Neopolitan Mom and Grandma Florence called it.

It was a time for the whole family to sit down together, enjoy delicious food while catching up with everyone’s life, and we always laughed a lot. With some of us moving to different parts of the country we miss that weekly gathering. To this day, we still make our sauce the very same way. Like any family favorites, we think ours is the Best! So when family members come to visit we recreate those special Sunday dinners and we all just love being together again.

Twiins Family Favorite Sunday Meat Sauce & Pasta Dinner

Homemade Tomato Sauce with Italian Sausages, Pork Country Ribs & Meatballs with Pasta
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 8


  • 8-qt stockpot, or larger
  • 12" frying pan for meatballs, or larger
  • large bowl to mix meatball mixture
  • small bowl to soak bread for meatballs
  • Large platter to serve meat
  • Large Pasta Bowl


  • 3 (28 oz cans) San Marzano Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 (24.5 oz jar) Mutti Tomato Puree
  • 2 (6 oz cans) Hunt's Tomato Paste with basil, garlic & oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 12 large Garlic cloves, minced the more the better
  • 1 lb. Italian Hot Sausage links about 5 links
  • 1 lb. Italian Sweet Sausage links about 5 links
  • 4 Country Ribs
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 4-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 36 Meatballs see The Best Napoletana Meatballs recipe
  • 1 loaf Italian Bread warmed
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese optional
  • Whole Milk Ricotta optional
  • Fresh Basil Leaves chopped or ribbons for garnish, optional


  • Add a drizzle of EVOO to 8 qt stock pot and brown all sausages & ribs (it may take 2 batches to complete).
  • Once browned, remove meat and place in a deep bowl. Set aside.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons EVOO to the already hot remaining oil & fond in the stockpot (fond is all the wonderful browned pieces of meat that stick to the bottom of the pot). Once the EVOO is hot enough, add diced onion & saute on medium-low heat until they start to carmelize.
  • Add the minced garlic, fresh basil leaves, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, and stir. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the 2 cans of Hunt's tomato paste. Mix well and cook for about 1 minute. Add the San Marzano Whole Tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a fork. The tomatoes will cook down after 4 hours. Add the bottle of Mutti tomato puree then combine well.
  • Add the sausages and country ribs to the sauce and stir well. Continue cooking sauce on a low simmer for 3-4 hours until ribs and sausages are very tender or start to fall apart.
  • Prepare the meatball mixture (The Best Napoletana Meatballs recipe). Shape mixture into 1 ½-inch round meatballs (or whatever size you prefer). In a large frying pan pour in enough canola oil to a depth of 1/2-inch. Heat the oil until hot. Add the meatballs and brown on both sides on medium heat. Remove and place in a bowl until 20 minutes before the sauce is done. Don't worry if there are too many meatballs for one dinner. They can be cooked and frozen for another meal or make some delicious meatball parm heroes the next day.
  • 20 minutes before the sauce is done, add the meatballs and stir gently. Continue on a low simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Once you add the meatballs to the sauce, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a good amount of salt to the boiling water, then add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • In the meantime, remove all the meat from the saucepot once the meatballs have simmered for 20 minutes in the sauce. Place in a large bowl or platter. After cooking the sauce for 4 hours (or more) the whole tomatoes break down however you can use an immersion blender to smooth it out if you don't like tiny pieces of tomato in your sauce.
  • Drain the pasta and pour a ladle or two of the sauce on top. Place pasta in a large, deep bowl. Portion out the pasta on individual plates with a meatball, sausage, or piece of rib meat (or all three!)
  • In our family, we top each plate with a dollop of whole milk ricotta, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and some chopped fresh basil leaves.  Serve with warmed crusty sesame seed Italian bread & butter.


Please note: Although the Nutritional Facts are provided, we are not nutritionists and therefore cannot verify the accuracy of these calculations. Please verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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Creamy Chicken Florentine with Garlic & Mushrooms – Twiins Style

Creamy Chicken Florentine with Garlic & Mushrooms - Twiins Style

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy

Our family went wild over this meal! They loved it so much not a morsel was left, not even a single strand of linguine! This amazing dinner is a quick and easy, one-skillet meal that you'll have on the table in less than 30 minutes. Your family or guests will think you slaved all day in the kitchen just for them. It's a win-win for sure. Using pre-sliced gourmet blends of mushrooms makes preparation a snap. The silky smooth creamy sauce will have your family requesting it every week. Buon Appetito!


  • 4 boneless chicken thighs, skinless
  • 8 chicken tenders
  • 2-4 Tablespoons EVOO
  • salt & pepper (season chicken)
  • garlic powder (season chicken)
  • 12 ounces fresh sliced gourmet blend mushrooms (shitake, oyster, & baby Bella)
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ Tablespoons flour (we used Gluten-free)
  • 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1¼ cups half & half
  • 3/4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  • 10-20 ounces fresh baby spinach (use a minimum of 10-oz)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Reserve 1 cup cooked pasta water


    1. If you are serving over pasta now is the time to fill your pot with water & bring it to a boil, then add salt to the water.
    2.  Season both sides of chicken pieces with salt, pepper, & garlic powder to taste.
    3. In a large skillet heat the EVOO on medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides until the chicken is cooked and no longer pink. Remove from skillet & set aside.  Add the chicken tenderloins and brown on both sides until no longer pink. Remove from skillet & add to plate of cooked chicken thighs.
    4. Add mushrooms to skillet & cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Stir several times. Remove from skillet & set aside.
    5. Melt the butter in the skillet add minced garlic & tarragon. Saute for 1 minute.
    6. Using a whisk add the flour to the skillet & whisk continuously until starts to thicken.
    7. Add chicken broth,  half & half, & both grated cheeses. Stir well.
    8. Add the baby spinach and cook until wilted & sauce thickens.
    9. Add back the mushrooms & all chicken, cover & low simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
    10. Remove chicken to a platter.  Don’t drain the pasta…using a pasta ladle or tongs simply scoop all the pasta from the pot of water into the sauce & mix well. If needed add an additional 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the sauce.
    11. Serve or over your favorite pasta with a side salad.  Buon Appetito!

    Note: Chicken cutlets may be used in place of tenders & thighs.


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