Hard Boiled eggs in Spaghetti Sauce

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  • How many Tampa Italians used to add hard boiled eggs to the spaghetti sauce? Not sure if it was done in the old days as a poor man's meatball or whether there was some cooking purpose for it.



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  • My family fights over who is going to get the couple of eggs I add to the sauce along w the 10 meatballs!

  • The eggs go incredibly good with the spaghetti sauce. I think it's a Tampa thing but not sure of its origin...

  • We fight over who will get the hard boiled eggs to this day! I am no sure why we never do as many hard boiled eggs as we do meatballs.

  • That's a good point Marlene. The eggs are more popular than the meatballs. We should change the name to "Spaghetti and Eggs" :-) .... and put at least a half-dozen in the pot..

  • I'm with you on that thought! It is now a done deal! It is now official-

    Spaghetti Sunday is now Spaghetti and Hard Boiled Egg Sunday!

  • Marlene, you are the " Great Compromiser"! This way everyone is happy!

  • I still make them for my family and I also make "pupetta de pane"...the bread meatballs. Awesome! I definitely think the custom started because they were looking for an inexpensive depression meal for their large families.

  • yep everybody thinks your crazy until they try it, its my favorite. There was no telling what you might find in nonnees sauce...But no matter what it was it was good.

  • My Aunt Connie Lazzara used to put the hard boiled eggs in the center of the meatloaf. It was not only pretty when you sliced the meatloaf but it was also delicious.

  • UUMMM! Sounds Wonderful! Will have to try that.

  • Since I was the only boy in my family, I always got a meatball and an egg! (lol)

  • Does anyone have the recipe to make the breaded & fried hard-boiled eggs? There was a white sauce inside . My Dad & I were talking about this recently. Would love to make it for him.

  • That sounds really good!

  • My father always put and still puts hard boiled eggs in the sauce. We fight over the eggs. It's great to know that other Italian families do this too.

  • Whoa...would love to have the recipe for the "pupetta de pane"...I never did get that recipe from my grandmother/ mother...I believe sometimes they would put some wild asparagus in the pupettas...yum...I loved to go to my grandmother's on Ybor Street for her great cooking! She always put an egg in the spaghetti sauce too...and later I found my mother and mother-in-law putting in a potato (which I started doing). They said the potato absorbs the acid in the sauce...but we ate the potato anyway!

  • I am so glad to hear others have heard of hard boiled eggs and potatoes in sauce. When I tell people about it they look at me as if I am crazy (they are not Italian).

  • SURE THING." CRAB ENCHELAO" (SPELLING PROBABLY WRONG.) MADE THE SAUCE TASTE GREAT. MY MOM PUT EGGS IN HER SAUCE ALL THE TIME. I DO TOO IF I'M FEELING REAL AMBITIOUS. IT'S SUPER. ASK MY KIDS.

  • When I make Crab Enchilada, I add a little burgundy wine and tabasco to the sauce--gives the sauce a tang and that "superlicious" taste--yum... I make a shorter version of the enchilada sauce and use the crab meat sold at fish markets instead of the whole blue crab for quick meals (for one or two) that taste just as great (but you won't have enough sauce to dunk the hunk of Cuban bread).

  • WOW, DOES THAT SOUND GOOD. THANKS FOR THE SPELLING TOO. I'M NOT VERY GOOD AT SPELLING SPANISH OR ITALIAN STUFF. I THINK MY MOM USED THE TABASCO SAUCE, CAUSE SHE MADE SOME HOT AND SOME FOR THOSE THAT DIDN'T WANT IT HOT. WE ALWAYS ATE IT OUTSIDE BECAUSE WITH THE WHOLE BLUE CRABS, IT WAS SOOOO MESSY. HEEE..HEE. WHAT GREAT TIMES WE HAD. I'M GETTING HUNGRY....MAYBE I WILL TRY YOUR RECEIPE WITH THE CRAB MEAT SOON, MY HUSBAND WILL SWOON.

  • My Nana Angie always put the eggs and potatoes in the sauce, a tradition I'm proud to say we have continued!

  • Had blue crab in spaghetti sauce tonight.

    My grandmother made wonderful bread-centered meatballs. Wish I could duplicate her recipe.

    Nelson Rumore

  • MY MOM WHO WAS ITALIAN NEVER COOKED HER SAUCE WITH EGGS. IT WAS MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO INTRODUCED ME TO EGGS IN THE SAUCE AND WOW I HAVE NEVER MADE IT AGAIN WITHOUT EGGS LOL

  • I love to cook and I'm from New Jersey and NEARLY 59 yrs old. I had never heard of putting hard boiled eggs in the sauce until my italian co-worker told me of this. I've gotta try this. Margie

  • Margie, I think this may be a "Tampa" or Sicilian tradition? Not sure. I know we had hard boiled eggs in the sauce and we'd fight over the eggs, which turned to red from soaking in the sauce. Between my sisters and I, the eggs were more popular than the meatballs. And if somebody was late for dinner---Sorry- No Egg. :-(

  • PERHAPS IT STARTED BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO BUY ALOT OF MEAT TO MAKE THE MEAT BALLS

  • I think you're right Gail- That's my theory too... Eggs were the Poor Man's Meatball. And they provided protien like meat.. I think we just solved the mystery... There it is!!!!

  • Eggs have been a part of my spaghetti all of my life! So many people think it's so strange but once I make them taste it, No one can get enough and even start to argue over them! I can't remember what it was called but a raw egg was strangely added to my bottle of milk/formula probably for the protein as well.

  • Nana and her souco! The lady made sauce like nobody ever could. Til this day i try and duplicate it. it never ever tastes the same as hers did.Nostalgia is the closest ill ever get !Ill take it I miss my Nana and Nano!!!!! God bless thier soles.

  • God Bless Them Always! I miss them very much too! Let's work on that souco together. I make it the way my dad and mom did. (I bet it's the same or close)

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