Valerie's Sunday Gravy (meat Sauce)

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Recipe by Valerie in Florida

A very traditional, Italian meat sauce that I have adapted from several different recipes to create my own delicious gravy.

Top Review by LouLouIzSpoiled

Now this is excellent sauce! I loved the addition of the pork chops and the other meat blend. This is a really authentic Italian sauce. I did add 1 c. Merlot with 1 c. water in place of the 2 c. water. The wine boosted the flavor even more once I added it, and let it simmer for awhile for the flavors to blend. We loved it! The meatballs were very good, and I know one thing for sure, this sauce will be made often!

Ingredients Nutrition


  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Form into meatballs.
  4. Heat Canola oil in fry pan at medium.
  5. Fry meatballs on all sides. Do not overcook as you will continue to cook meatballs in sauce.
  6. Remove and set aside on some paper towels to absorb some of the fat.
  8. Heat 2-Tbsp oil in large heavy pot over medium heat. Brown pork chops on both sides. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan.
  10. Add sausages, brown on all sides and remove from pan.
  11. Drain most of fat from pot.
  12. Add garlic and cook for about 2-minutes. Do not burn !
  13. Add tomatoes with their juices to the pot (I put the tomatoes first in a blender and pulse about three times to break up the tomatoes).
  14. Add water, salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Add pork, sausages and basil and bring sauce to a simmer.
  16. Partially cover the pot and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 2-hours.
  17. After 2 hours, add the meatballs and cook for 30 minutes or so.
  18. Serve with pasta of choice.

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