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JON'S Sunday Gravy Ingredients

The ingredients for this Italian gravy recipe are simple and available in all grocery stores:

  • Olive oil

  • onion, 1 stalk of celery, 1 large carrot

  • Beef stew meat – or a small steak. Italian sausage – Spicy or mild, I use cut-up pepperoni as I do not like sausage

  • Garlic cloves

  • Tomato paste – helps to thicken your sauce and add a rich flavor.

  • Crushed tomatoes – or whole tomatoes (San Marzano tomatoes are best).

  • Basil

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Sugar – this goes in at the end. Add more or less based on how sweet your tomatoes

  • Cinnamon, Italian spices mix

How to make Sunday Gravy

  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.

  • Brown the meats in the hot oil and set aside on a plate. Drain all but 2 TBSP of fat from the pot.

  • Add the garlic and cook in the fat from the meat until golden.

  • Discard the cloves – their flavor will remain in the pot to flavor the sauce.

  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.

  • Add the tomatoes to the pot, along with water, salt + pepper. Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

  • Return the meats to the pot and bring the sauce to a simmer.

  • Partially cover the pot and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least 2 hours. The long cooking time is what gives that amazing flavor.

  • In the end, add sugar, to reduce acid

  • add cinnamon 1 tsp of, add 1 tbl

  • Add fresh basil leaves and serve over your favorite pasta, topped with shaved Parmesan


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