Rachael Ray's Sunday Gravy and Macaroni (Spaghetti, Really)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This originally was a Rachael Ray recipe with a few modifications from me. Rachael states that she created from her Grandpa Emmanuel whose recipe was an all day event. She wanted to cut it down to 30 minutes. I will tell you that I am pretty sure I couldn't put this recipe together in 30 minutes... More like an hour, but you can cook it longer as I do to get better flavor. Rachael Ray says: “He would toss spaghetti, which he referred to as macaroni in English, with half of the remaining sauce and add lots of cheese to it. The extra sauce would be ladled on top of dinner plates of meat and macaroni. This recipe is all I can do to imitate Sundays with Emmanuel, in 30 minutes." Serve with a crusty loaf of garlic bread to soak in the sauce and you have a great meal! MY COMMENTS: Made as originally written in the recipe there was barely enough sauce for the pound of spaghetti soI increased the amount of sauce. In addition Rachael says it serves 4 Big Servings, but it would have be 4 REALLY big, hungry people as in my family it serves 8 without a problem It is delicious though and this is my version with just SLIGHT changes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat water for pasta to boil. Salt and cook pasta 7 to 8 minutes, to al dente.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Sauce: Heat a deep skillet or medium heavy bottomed sauce pot over medium high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Quarter the sausages. Add 1 tablespoon, 1 turn of the pan, extra-virgin olive oil to pan or pot. Place chops in pan or pot and brown 2 minutes on each side, remove. Add another tablespoon oil, 1 turn of the pan, and sausages. Brown sausages 2 minutes on each side and transfer to plate with pork. Add pepper flakes, chopped garlic and onion to the pot and sauté 1 minute - be very careful as the pepper flakes will burn pretty quickly.
  4. Add broth to the pan and scrape up drippings. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water, sugar and herbs and bring sauce to a bubble. Add meats back to the pot and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer sauce until ready to serve, 12 to 15 minutes (this is the spot where you could really simmer the sauce for a couple of hours more or less if you wanted to).
  5. Meatballs: Combine ground meat, egg, remaining 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1/3 cup cheese, and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper and roll into balls, 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. Place balls on nonstick cookie sheet. Roast meatballs 10 minutes, then slide into Sunday sauce and turn off oven.
  6. To serve, place pork, sausages and meatballs on serving dish. Pour 1/2 of the sauce into a serving dish to ladle over pasta and meats at the table. Toss cooked spaghetti with remaining sauce in sauce pot, adding a few handfuls of grated cheese to the pot as you toss it. Transfer pasta to a serving dish.
Most Helpful

Made for Iron Chef Tag. This recipe is almost identical to my italian meatball recipe...so very delicious...Italian Meatballs are a Sunday routine for us. Adding in pork chops or as I often do,pork ribs enhances the flavour so much!Thanks!

Lorrie in Montreal October 07, 2009

Thank you ..I LOVE this recipe...it made me a hero with my Husband who's Mama made the pasta sauce. After I made this recipe he said , out of repect for Mama ,that I was 99.9% close...I didn't tell him it was rachael's recipe...anyway..I lost it and I am so glad I don't have to look it up again...THANK YOU!

Karibear January 20, 2009