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a bowl of pasta dressed with our italian gravy recipe

The Best Italian Gravy Recipe

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x



¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ large onion finely diced

4 garlic cloves minced

½ teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

3 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes

1 lb Italian sausage

1 lb pork butt

810 meatballs

¼ cup wine

½ cup fresh basil


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat
  2. When oil is hot add onions and garlic.  Season them with salt and pepper.
  3. When onions become soft and translucent add meat and sear on all sides.  Do this in batches if there isn’t enough room in the pot.
  4. Add wine and deglaze the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes and water.
  6. Turn heat to high and bring it to a boil.
  7. When it starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and add the basil.
  8. Let it simmer for 2-6 hours.  Make sure the pot is partially covered.  Stir often with a wooden spoon and make sure it touches the bottom of the pot.
  9. When sauce is reduced by about ½ and meat is fork tender it is done.
  10. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 360
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian-American

Keywords: italian gravy recipe, sunday sauce recipe