Italian Grandma Makes Sunday Sauce/Gravy with Meatballs

2 lbs Ground Beef
2 Extra Large Eggs
1/2 cup chopped Fresh Parsley
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon powdered Garlic
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs

3 qts Tomato Puree
1/4 cup Fresh Basel
1/2 cup sliced Onion
2 cloves Garlic
Pork Neck Bones
Pork Ribs
Meatballs (from above)
Salt & Pepper to taste

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P.O. Box 223
Adelphia, NJ 07710

Who is this lady?
Gina Petitti was born in 1935 in Faeto, Italy. Her family ran a farm in Italy and she met her husband, Vito, in the same town. In 1970 Gina, Vito, and her 4 children immigrated to America. Gina’s husband passed away in 2012, but she is surrounded by a large family, which includes 9 grandchildren, and lives 5 minutes away from her eldest daughter in New Jersey. Gina spends her time cooking, gardening, and being an active member of her local Church.

Why does she make such large portions?
When she was in Italy, she would cook and bake in such large quantities so she wouldn’t have to take time every day to make food, and instead be able to work on the farm. Many of her recipes can be cut in half or quartered if you choose to try them out!

Why is no one helping her in the video?
Grandma Gina doesn’t want help! Usually, it’s because we will slow her down or not do it “her way.” For the videos we only show her, but when the camera cuts we jump in and help form the cookies or prep for the next step.

Why don’t we buy her a new…?
Grandma Gina has a closet and garage full of new gadgets, spoons, forks, pots, etc… but she doesn’t like them because she is used to doing it with her old tools. She has fun getting her hands dirty!

Who is behind the camera?
Her retired son-in-law films, her daughter helps her prep, and she usually has one or two grandkids in the kitchen.

Does Gina read the comments?
We print out and show her how much love she gets from all her viewers, and she is very thankful and hopes you enjoy her cooking! Your comments bring her lots of joy, laughter, and inspiration to make more videos to share with you.

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Robert Clippinger says:

For those that didn’t catch it….She used to make the bread, let it dry & then crumble it up after it dries. Ya notice, NO preservatives I would pay to eat at her home. ♥

Bee D says:

Son in law please keep quiet!
She doesn’t want to be disturbed!
It’s not the same when you talk.
Quit with the questions!
She doesn’t like it! Neither do we.
She’s best on her own!
Also, you’re too close, get back!

krissy b says:

Thank you for these videos. They nurture a part of my soul!

Rosetta Spataro says:


Chris Piazza says:

THIS IS my childhood, with the exception that my grandfather was the cook

Lance Dukel says:

Notice no sugar. Once when I was making sunday sauce with my Nona I thought the tomatoes were slightly sour and I went to put a pinch of sugar in. Nona slapped my hand and waved her finger at me! LOL! No sugar! God bless you Nona Gina XO.

David Doyle says:

This is the real deal from “Nonna” guys,,,,,shut upha you face annah pay attention you unnahstand bettah now? OK” you watch what I do,,,,,Imma try and teach you something so you dont starve inna you kitchen,,,,,,

Deborah Rambarose says:

I have no trouble understanding you grandma Gina…i wouldn’t change your accent at all…

Maureen O'Donnell says:

Tell Gina her English is just fine. She is so sweet. The way she always say you make it to your own taste.

Zachary Jarrells says:

This looks delicious!

Peter Galgano says:

What town in Italy are you from, Nonna Gina?

Leemo Ellysdreem says:

You. Can Toke English what we can understand
We wish you good health grandma

Ilya Termini says:

Che cazzo vol dire gravy?

History Chick says:

This is making me me so hungry and it’s 1.17 AM here in UK lol

Acro says:

I understand everything.. do your thing mama you are the boss

montrealstars60 says:

Not that I want to teach you how to make the Sunday sugo, but why don’t you just fry the meat in the big pot and then pour the homemade sauce? That’s what we’ve always been doing for generations. I agree, the more variety of meats, the better the sugo turns out.
Now that I’ve discovered you Nonna Gina, I can’t put you down!!!

Yvonne Otero says:

Thank you for sharing all your recipes I really appreciate you ❤

Batch782 says:

Are those just regular Italian sausages? I want to try and make this recipe.

Ladydisdesire says:

this is my exact meatball recipe…my Mother was born in Italy……love your videos…you remind me of my Beautiful Gram,,,xo

sideshowtink says:

Nonna Gina brings me back to my own Nonna’s kitchen and I love her for it XO

Sono Acqua says:

I love this lady!:) great skills , great personality! Blessings from Poland, learned from you a lot:)

Mary Mclocke says:

I’m going to make this next weekend 🙂 I have a lasagna recipe I started “working on” in about 1980…added things here and there and now it is almost perfection! Now I have more ideas to make it even better! Downfall though, I can’t can my own sauce/tomatoes because I’m disabled so time “on foot” is limited..still it’s delicious. My 8 (adult) children still love it. THANK YOU ‘MAMA!” I rejoiced on Friday when I found your channel! We LOVE Italian food, and how I love Mama’s accent! Beautiful lady she is! You’re so blessed! My mama has gone Home..Nothing is as nice as being a Grandma though, I sure know that with #13 coming in a few weeks! I see how Mama loves it too! <3
God bless you all and keep you well!

Jennifer Boyd says:

Mrs. Gina, I love to watch you cook and your accent is lovely! I lived in Capania for three years and miss the food.

i love when you take what you have made and there is pure appreciation for your dish. Each time it is like it is the first time you cooked the dish
I plan to make your dishes as my kids and I love the things you are teaching us! God Bless You, Jennifer


ruinsane100 says:

Grandma Gina, I’ve been a vegetarian and vegan for 29 years but you might make me change my mind! Ha ha. Your cooking reminds me of my Italian Grandmom Santucci’s cooking. She always made Sunday dinner for the family. When I became a vegetarian she used to make me special “meatballs” made from eggplant instead of beef and they were fantastic. Thank you for reminding me of sweet childhood memories of my Grandmom’s cooking. I live in NJ too, by the way! Thank you for sharing your wonderful videos with us! Much love and hugs! <3

Judy K says:

so happy I found your video. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe We Americans do too much flash in the pan cooking without the simmering & homemade cooking. I always just buy store sauce ,fry hamburg loose & throw it on the plate & call that spaghetti, I know I am ashamed of what I make . If you have time will you let me know how do you make your sauce in the jars. One time I went to my friends Italian Mom & she mad the homemade like you do. That is the first & last time I ever had spaghetti that good I was 16 at the time I am 67 now Your family is so blessed to have you . Have a blessed day !! ( Judy from Pa. )

A Guy says:

Bella ❤️

B says:

Can you make a video about Gina’s home town life back in Italy?

Tom Smith says:

What part of the “boot” is she from?

Jenn Anne says:

Don’t worry Nonna, I could listen to you all day!❤️

Glen M says:

Grandma Gina is a great cook.

Deedee Delafuente says:

I love grandma Gina and her wonderful traditional cooking ! My grandma was from Spain – I wish I had videos of her cooking too! Bella Gina!!❤ Grazie mille!!

Carol Crane says:

Beautiful⚘English very good no problem understanding .

Debbie Plastino says:

I want to watch her make mozzarella….

D Catalina Ledesma says:

What’s the white power in the sauce? Not listed in ingredients .

susanne morpus says:

I love you Gina! I just love the things you make. I am not Italian but people think I am because of all the food I cook. God Bless you Gina, You are a true Inspiration to me.

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