Soprano's Sunday Gravy (Spaghetti Sauce)

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Badda-bing badda-boom. Its a thing of beauty. This recipe is not a fast one, its an all afternoon dinner; But it is definitely worth it. From The Soprano Family Cookbook

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat.
  2. Pat the pork dry and put the pieces in the pot.
  3. Cook turning occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until nicely browned on all sides.
  4. Transfer pork to a plate.
  5. Brown the veal in the same way and add it to the plate.
  6. Place the sausages in the pot and brown on all sides.
  7. Set the sausages aside with the pork.
  8. Drain off most of the fat from the pot.
  9. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes or until golden.
  10. Remove and discard the garlic.
  11. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  12. With a food mill (I use a Braun hand blender) puree the tomatoes, with their juice into the pot.
  13. Or for a chunkier sauce, just chop up the tomatoes and add them.
  14. Add the water; and salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Add the pork, veal, sausages, and basil and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  16. Partially cover the pot and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours.
  17. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little more water.
  18. Meanwhile, make the meatballs: Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a large bowl.
  19. Mix together thoroughly.
  20. Rinse your hands with cool water and lightly shape the mixture into 2 inch balls.
  21. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet.
  22. Add the meatballs and brown them well on all sides.
  23. They will finish cooking in the sauce.
  24. Transfer the meatballs to a plate.
  25. After the sauce has cooked for its two hours, add the meatballs and cook for 30 minutes or until the sauce is thick and the meats are very tender.
  26. To serve, remove the meats from the sauce and set aside.
  27. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce.
  28. Sprinkle with cheese.
  29. Serve the meats as a second course, or reserve them for another day.
Most Helpful

what a meal! this was fabulous, especially the next day when all the flavors blended. i used veal chops, country style boneless spare ribs, both hot and sweet sausages. i added extra basil, oregano, parsley, and had to switch pots, my 8 quart was overflowing. i tansfered this to a 12 q pot, added the meatballs, and it simmered just fine. this is a keeper!

chia August 01, 2003

Excellent! Meat was delicious but I would liked to have added at least 4 cans of tomatoes so as to have more sauce but my pot was not large enough. Thanks for posting!

Vino p.o. prn February 02, 2008

This is VERY close to the gravy my mother has always made, people always ask for my mother's recipe but there is none, she learned from watching her mother and I learned from watching her. NOW I have this recipe to pass onto people. Made this for dinner tonight and no one realized it wasn't my usual gravy.

*axxo* November 09, 2003