Italian Gravy W/ Chicken and Sausage
From Jeff Smith, "Cooking with Wine" I have been making it for over 20 years.
- Ready In:
- 2 (28 ounce) cans tomato puree
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped fine
- 2 stalks celery & leaves, chopped fine
- 1 carrot, scrubbed and grated
- 1⁄2 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, minced
- 1⁄2 lb white button mushrooms, fresh, tops & stems, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 bay leaves, whole
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 whole cloves (I do not add) (optional)
- 1⁄2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 lb Italian sausage, with casings removed (mild or hot)
In a deep pot:
- Cook sausage until no longer pink, breaking up into pieces. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel.
- Add olive oil to pot, sautee onions, garlic, celery and carrot until tender.
- Add tomato sauce and puree, chicken stock and red wine. Add all remaining ingredients.
- Bring to boil and simmer for at least 2 hours, stirring often. *I simmer for several hours.
- Break up / shred chicken with wooden spoon as it becomes tender while simmering.
- Serve over your favorite cooked pasta and top with freshly grated Parmesan-Regiano cheese.
- Freezes well.
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This was excellent -- a thick, rich sauce with great flavorings. I doubled the chicken, reduced the broth to two cups, added a can of diced tomatoes and doubled all of the spices. I chopped the onions, celery and carrots together in the food processor. Applegate Sweet Italian Sausage kept the fat and the sodium down. Next time I'll cut the chicken into small pieces before cooking. My honey said this was a great winter stew -- I'll be making it again. Thanks!Reply
This recipe makes a rich and delicious sauce for pasta. I halved the recipe and used turkey Italian sausage. Started it around 4 pm then just let it simmer on the stove, stirring occasionally. We had enough left to freeze for another meal for the two of us. Thanks - I hope to be making it for 20 years, too!Reply