Okay here are my comments as I just happened to stumble across this. This is *not* marinara or 'spaghetti sauce'as Americans view spaghetti sauce. It IS Italian Gravy, a very different animal, and I have been making it for over 25 years ever since my 1st trip to Italy in my teens. You find this nearly all over Italy and it is not Italian-American food but Italian food; the real deal. Foods are not over done in flavors in any way in Italy and it is said there that if you can smell garlic when one is cooking that they have used too much. While there are the arribiatas and such, Italian gravy is a standard. While garlic may be used in nearly all cooking, sometimes to feed 10+ people there is a single clove. The essences of flavors are important, not a kick in the face for the most part. This should not be thick, is what we may think of as bland, but rest assured it is *authentic Italian* and used on and in not only spaghetti but I saw it most as a topping meats in Italy.
I really couldn't rate this recipe for a number of reasons, but I still wanted to post my comments. I made this gravy this evening and it turned out really bland and didn't have much zip to it. For starters, I halved the recipe and maybe it was a recipe that was meant to be prepared in full quantity. I also had trouble with the quantities in the instructions in the first place. How much olive oil? 3 cans of tomatoes can be 16 oz or 28 oz cans, I used the 28 oz cans; how much basil should be used and when does it go into the sauce? I used the pork neck bones and the mild Italian sausage as directed and figured that would add lots of flavor, but unfortunately it did not. My family politely ate one plate, but no one went back for seconds and they told me thanks for all the work that it was pretty good. "My hubby then said, babe if you want to stick with Prego, I'm fine with that since its less work and tastes better than this stuff." I will admit the meatballs were very tender, but nothing spectacular as far as taste. Again, this could be due to my error somehow, maybe someone can advise what I may have done wrong or can describe the flavor the sauce should have? I really wished we liked this more, but it was not thick, quite soupy, and tasted like a can of tomatoes with not much added to it. Sorry, but I probably wouldn't make this again.
I am giving this rating five stars on the meatballs alone. I have not made the sauce as I make a sauce that I love; however, my meatballs always have come out not so much! These are absolutely delicious. If you are looking for truly delicious meatballs, you have found them and trust me, I've tried about every recipe out there!!
I made this recipe to go with the baked ziti. It turned out wonderful. I did replace the tomato paste with katsup. The meatballs were the best I have ever made. Thank you!
Well, with Bri holding my hand along the way I made this dish and used it in the Ziti Al Forno for guests and everyone loved it! Great dish and worth the extra effort. The meatballs are delish! Great Recipe!
I was so excited to try this because it got high reviews.... only to be disappointed, again. The taste is bland and the pork rib never softened in 2 hours. I'm looking for a traditional Italian gravy and this isn't it. I should have known by looking at the spices that many are missing in the ingredients. I will keep searching!
This is a TRUE Italian homemade sauce.!
Very good, great meatballs!!
I have made this twice,it is good if you add the right amount of ingredients.For Shimmer,the recipe says 14 1/2 oz cans of tomatoes.That is why your's is so bland,you used twice the amount.Olive oil is enough to just cover the bottom of the pot,2-3 T in a dutch oven.My dh is italian and makes italian gravy very often.His sauce is excellent.There is an old family secret ingredient and a secret method of tasting.Toward the end of cooking he adds 1 T apple cider vinegar and when we taste for seasoning we dip a piece of italian bread into the sauce.That gives you the real flavor.If it needs something more we then add it.He does cook his for most of the day,it really matures the seasonings.Everyone does their's there own way but this is the way his grandmother taught them.I would put his gravy against anyone's,it is truly good.This recipe is a good base to start with.We do however add other things to it.I am the one that has made this hoping to beat him in taste but no matter what I do he beats me.
This was good. I used some country style pork ribs and some sausage. Cleaned out my freezer! Added a little sugar to adjust to our tastes. Thanks!