Sunday Gravy

READY IN: 3hrs 45mins
Recipe by Richard-NYC

Cher in Texas, Riffraff, and Bratty 1 have inspired me to post this recipe. It is a very humble dish and is usually my Sunday dinner. It is the Sunday dinner of many Italian-Americans. I know there are probably a million ways to make this dish--please give my version a try.

Top Review by yooper

If this is how Italians eat on a Sunday I want to come back as "Tony" in my next life! This was so simple to put together, and everything worked. The meatballs, the sauce, the Italian sausage. I served this over a bed of linguini along with garlic bread. The sauce clung perfectly to every strand of pasta. One of my guests said it was like eating in a little Italian restaraunt in New York. Thank you Richard, for sharing this heritage recipe with us and taking us to the Bronx for one memorable meal!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in very large Dutch oven.
  2. Add garlic and onions and saute until soft.
  3. Add tomato paste and stir to combine.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes and spices.
  5. Stir bring to boil, lower heat to low--cover and simmer.
  6. Meanwhile combine all meatball ingredients (except for flour and oil).
  7. Form into balls about 2-1/2 inches in diameter.
  8. Dredge meatballs in flour.
  9. Fry meatballs in oil in skillet a few at a time until browned on all sides (not necessary to cook through they will cook in the sauce) Add fried meatballs from skillet directly to simmering sauce.
  10. Stir and bring sauce back to a simmer.
  11. Cover.
  12. Place sausage in pot and cover with water.
  13. Bring to a boil and boil about 5 minutes to remove some of the fat.
  14. Brown boiled sausage in skillet.
  15. Place browned sausage in simmering sauce.
  16. Bring sauce back to simmer---cover and continue simmering for 2 hours over low heat---stir occassioanlly.
  17. Remove meatballs and sausage from pot and place on serving dish.
  18. Toss sauce with cooked pasta--You will have enough sauce to coat two pounds of cooked pasta.
  19. This freezes very well!

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