Traditional Italian Sunday Sauce Recipe

Friday, June 27, 2014
Mom always had a pot of Sunday Sauce cooking on the stove.


Along with fried meatballs in our Italian family!


A tradition in our house was pasta every Sunday.


That's where Sunday Sauce came from.


Here is our version handed down from generation to generation.


Any pasta , especially homemade, will be enhanced by the fresh herbs and spices along with fresh whole plum tomatoes.


Simply the best smell in all of cooking for me is on Sunday with a pot of good old fashioned Italian sauce simmering.


This is an easy recipe passed down for many many years and over 100 years old.


If you love Italian food, this is a Rome, Italy style sauce that Grandma and Mom made that we love.


Sunday morning was always a joy with New York's finest tomato pie, fried meatballs and on to this delicious Sunday sauce over our favorite pasta!

Scroll down for the recipe and it's printable!.










No Two Are Alike!



It seems like all tomato sauce that is made never has that same taste like any other.


Grandma and mom made almost the same recipe, both tasted different.


They all are unique in their own flavors.


In Rome where grandma was from, no oregano went in sauce, just fresh basil.


Mom loved oregano.



this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs





Basic Recipe



This is a basic recipe from two different Regions, Rome Italy and Bari.


This is our family Italian style sauce.


Hope you all enjoy Mom's and Grandma's sauce.


You can adapt this sauce any way you like with your personal additions, this is basic tomato meat sauce.




this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs





Tomato Sauce and Meatballs



Everyone's sauce comes out to taste different, no two are alike and always unique.


It has always amazed me that the recipe I make, my son makes and friends all taste just a little different but fantastic!







Spaghetti and Meatballs Marinara




this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce over spaghetti,  with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs



Meats to use



Boneless spare ribs make the richest sauce to me.


I love meatballs, sausage and braciole they are all part of an Italian sauce that makes the sauce flavorful.


You can make sauce without meat, that is referred to as marinara sauce.




Homemade Cavatelli




this is a homemade cavatelli pasta with thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs



Braciole




this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs




Braciole



This is an Italian stuffed meat roll.


The braciole is stuffed with boiled eggs and herbs, then sauteed and added to the sauce.


We usually make braciole on special occasions.



this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs



Homemade Sauce is the best!




My dad would never allow canned or bottled sauce in our home.


We were brought up on all homemade pasta and sauce, no boxed ingredients ever.


Sunday was the day we had pasta every week and Thursday was leftover pasta day in our family.


Homemade macaroni and homemade tomato sauce was a must in our Italian household every week.









Dipping the bread



I love dipping the bread in the sauce. It's a must-do!


You need to make sure all the spices are just right in that sugo!


Make sure you taste test.






Grandma and Mom



Grandma was from Rome Italy and mom came from Bari.


They both made meat sauce pretty much the same but tasted different.


Sometimes mom would all the leftover meats from the week in the sauce to include, steak, pork chops, and even chicken.


Nothing went to waste in our home in the 1960s.


We grew up on macaroni and meatballs, it was a staple in our home.


Through the years the sauce got more and more adapted to the taste we love with spices and herbs.



this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs



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this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs





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Tips


  • Do Not Rinse. Pasta should never, ever be rinsed for a warm dish. The starch in the water is what helps the sauce adhere to your pasta. The only time you should ever rinse your pasta is when you are going to use it in a cold dish like a pasta salad or when you are not going to use it immediately.

  • Just make an X on the bottom of your tomatoes and throw them into a pot of boiling water for no more than a minute. Fish them out with a slotted spoon, plunge them into a bowl of cold water (or an ice bath), lift them directly back out, and peel back the skin with a knife or your fingers. It will slip off like a charm.

  • When using fresh herbs, I always add them at the end when the sauce is done.




My Hometown



Mom carried many Italian traditions in our family.


Our hometown Utica, New York is famous for so many foods!


Check out some of them sometimes if you're from there or the surrounding area!


You also know that Utica is famous for Tomato Pie, Italian Greens, Italian Lemon Ice, Pizza Fritta, Chicken Riggies, Manny's Cheesecake, Oscugnizzo Pizza, Pusties and Rosato Chocolate Cookies.






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this is a homemade thick tomato Italian sauce with sausage and meatballs with pork spare ribs

Traditional Sunday Sauce

prep time: 25 mins
cook time: 3 hour
total time: 3 hours and 25 mins
This is our family recipe for Traditional Sunday Italian Sauce

ingredients:

2- 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes put in food processor and pulse till pureed add 2 cans water
or use 4 lbs of fresh plum tomatoes for the whole sauce, put through food processor no water.
(or use)
2 -28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, tomato puree or use 4 pounds of plum tomatoes put through a food processor

Olive Oil for frying

1 small can  (6 ounces)  of tomato paste

2 cloves fresh chopped garlic or more to taste

2 teaspoons granulated garlic powder

2 fresh basil leaves

2 teaspoons fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoons each dry oregano, dry parsley, sugar, salt, pepper

1/2 cup red wine


Add to the pot your favorite meats:

2 pounds of Italian sausage links cut up and fried and set aside and/or

2 pounds of hamburger meat to make meatballs (meatball recipe) fried and set aside and/or

2 pounds of boneless spare ribs country style fried and set aside

instructions:

In a large saucepan, saute fresh garlic in 3 tablespoon olive oil don not brown. Remove from the pot. Add the paste and stir.

Add the cooked meatballs, sausage, or pork if using. Browned on both sides. all cooked separate. You can fry or bake.

Add all the tomatoes and spices,  simmer for 3 hours on low heat. IF too thick add more wine or water.
calories
225
fat (grams)
11
sat. fat (grams)
4
carbs (grams)
3
net carbs
4
sugar (grams)
6
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24 comments

  1. Ok DUKE now share BUSHES Baked brans reciepe. I liked people coming by to eat what they couldn't get at home now they don't have to. Good job

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  2. This comment is from John the older brother....It's too bad you can't include the aroma of the meatballs and sauce as they cook!!!
    I might add that when the sauce is cooking at low heat, my JOB that was assigned to me by MOM, because I had to do my 'bit' to be able to have a couple meatballs BEROFRE they went into the sauce, ...I had to spoon out off the top of the sauce the orange puddles that was considered the acid of the tomato...it made for a much better tasted sauce and easier on the tummy. um um good!

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  3. My mothers gravy has meat in it..no meatballs. I make mine with meat too. The meatballs are served Polpetti..in a bowl as an entree..not with pasta.And that's how we do it in Lucca..anyway..have you tried San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy. OMG!! I read an article on them in Saveur about 10 years ago and that's all I buy now, when I can find them.

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  4. Have y ou tried San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy? OMG! I read an article about them in Saveur about 10 years ago and now that's all I use, when I can get them. I have to drive to Napa for them.

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  5. no have never had the pleasure of trying those tomatoes, grow our own here most of the time or get Scafalini order from New Jersey from the factory.

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  6. I like the add of the red wine, it must bring so much flavour to the sauce, great idea!

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  7. I too like the wine! Excellent touch!

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  8. I don't know if that should be changed at all. I tsounds pretty good the way it is!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this. I used to work with a lot of New York Italians who would talk bout grandma's Sunday sauce, but would never tell me what is in it. I am not sure if they didn't know or just wouldn't share.

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  10. I am so glad that I found your blog and all these amazing recipes! I love Italian food and enjoy making traditional Italian foods. I think that it is important to have the right ingredients if you want to make an authentic meal. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try this sauce!

    Amber | http://italissima.com

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  11. Your family recipes are the best! I bet the house always smells amazing when this sauce is cooking! Bill will love it!

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  12. I love recipes like this. So comforting and any recipe that has a Sunday tradition - it's a winner in my book!

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  13. I love to hear about traditional family recipes like this. Everything is made with love and so nice to hand down. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Nothing tastes better with pasta than homemade meat sauce. Your sauce sounds so rich and wonderful!

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  15. Such lovely ideas to making this Sauce. Interesting uses to so many dishes. Flavors with the addition of Wine amazing. Thanks for the recipe and ideas too.

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  16. Nothing like a traditional Italian family recipe. I just made Sunday Sauce for the first time recently (in my Crockpot). It so good and comforting. I like your idea of adding meatballs to the sauce too!

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  17. We always used to dip our bread in my mom's Sunday sauce! So delicious! And I love the meatballs and sausage additions!

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  18. Are you using 4 cans total or is there an option of 2 cans whole tomatoes OR 2 cans crushed tomatoes?

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  19. Are you using 4 cans total or is there an option of 2 cans whole tomatoes OR 2 cans crushed tomatoes?

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    1. Hello Amanda yes it's OR crushed. You can use puree, crushed or whole tomatoes. Two cans or 4 lbs of fresh plum tomatoes pureed in a food processor. Thanks good question. :)

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  20. What brand of wine do you use? I have read several recipes for sauce that include wine but I’m not a wine drinker so I have never added it since I’m not sure what brand is good

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    1. I use any kind of Merlot of Cabernet that isn't inexpensive, I use something that taste great and always buy a well known wine to add. My motto is if it isn't good to drink don't ruin your sauce by adding cheaper wines. Hope that helps.

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  21. Wow, amazing flavors! Love this sauce, will be making it again soon

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