How to Find a Sauce to Make for Meatballs

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How to Find a Sauce to Make for Meatballs
Meatballs taste delicious with many different sauces (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Meatballs are used in hundreds of recipes and can be served with a number of accompaniments, from pasta and rice to potatoes and other vegetables. Sauces for meatballs range from tomato-based ones to thick meat gravies. You can find meatball sauces and recipes for meatball sauces in many places, both online and offline.

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    Where to Look

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    If you want to make a meatball sauce from scratch and are looking for a recipe to do so, search for a recipe online. There are many cookery websites with recipes and online forums where people who have tried the recipes share their own tips. Websites such as Recipes4Us, BBC Good Food and All Recipes have a number of variations of meatball sauce recipes you can try.

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    You might prefer to look for meatball sauce recipes by looking in cookery books. Refer to your own collection of cookbooks, or visit the library or a local bookshop to find a meatball sauce recipe you would like to make. If you find a recipe you like in a cookbook in the library, you borrow the book or photocopy the relevant page. There are also books dedicated to meatballs, such as "The Meatball Cookbook Bible," by Ellen Brown.

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    Buy a ready-made meatball sauce in a store. Go to the Italian or pasta sauce section in any supermarket and choose a sauce. Tomato-based sauces usually used for pasta recipes work well as meatball sauces, as does beef gravy.

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    If you want to buy a meatball sauce that is more authentic than the options available in the local store, find a speciality food store or market in your area. You may find some sauces that have been imported from countries such as Italy, or sauces that have been made fresh and locally. The Mulberry Street Italian Food Center in New Jersey is one example of a speciality food store that sells a number of sauces in-store ideal for serving with meatballs.

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    Buy a ready-made meatball sauce online. Shopping online enables you to buy sauces from across the world, which means you may have access to a meatball sauce that you really like. Online gourmet stores such as, Italian Connection USA and Milazzo sell several sauces that could be used in meatball dishes, including the tomato-based Arrabbiata, Sicilian, olive, mushroom and sweet pepper sauces.

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