Rachael Ray's Sunday Gravy and Macaroni (Spaghetti, Really)
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- 1 lb spaghetti
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, for both meats and sauce
- 4 pork chops (loin chops, thin cut, 1/2-inch thick, each chop cut in 1/2)
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 lb sweet Italian sausage link (2 links)
- 1⁄2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, for moderate to spicy marinara
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley, a couple of handfuls of leaves
- 5 -6 basil leaves, fresh (torn or chopped, a handful)
- 1 lb meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal combined, from butcher counter)
- 1 egg
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1⁄3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, 2 handfuls, plus extra for tossing pasta and to pass at table
- 1⁄2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, 3 handfuls
- salt and pepper
- Heat water for pasta to boil. Salt and cook pasta 7 to 8 minutes, to al dente.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Sauce: Heat a deep skillet or medium heavy bottomed sauce pot over medium high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Quarter the sausages. Add 1 tablespoon, 1 turn of the pan, extra-virgin olive oil to pan or pot. Place chops in pan or pot and brown 2 minutes on each side, remove. Add another tablespoon oil, 1 turn of the pan, and sausages. Brown sausages 2 minutes on each side and transfer to plate with pork. Add pepper flakes, chopped garlic and onion to the pot and sauté 1 minute - be very careful as the pepper flakes will burn pretty quickly.
- Add broth to the pan and scrape up drippings. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water, sugar and herbs and bring sauce to a bubble. Add meats back to the pot and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer sauce until ready to serve, 12 to 15 minutes (this is the spot where you could really simmer the sauce for a couple of hours more or less if you wanted to).
- Meatballs: Combine ground meat, egg, remaining 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1/3 cup cheese, and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper and roll into balls, 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. Place balls on nonstick cookie sheet. Roast meatballs 10 minutes, then slide into Sunday sauce and turn off oven.
- To serve, place pork, sausages and meatballs on serving dish. Pour 1/2 of the sauce into a serving dish to ladle over pasta and meats at the table. Toss cooked spaghetti with remaining sauce in sauce pot, adding a few handfuls of grated cheese to the pot as you toss it. Transfer pasta to a serving dish.
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Thank you ..I LOVE this recipe...it made me a hero with my Husband who's Mama made the pasta sauce. After I made this recipe he said , out of repect for Mama ,that I was 99.9% close...I didn't tell him it was rachael's recipe...anyway..I lost it and I am so glad I don't have to look it up again...THANK YOU!
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