Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Sauce

On Sunday's at the Knapp house we typically reserve this day for potluck whenever possible.  This allows our family to join with our friends for a good family style meal that is hard to come by during the week.  During the Winter and late Autumn months we look for hearty dishes, that warm our bodies and feed our souls.  One of the meals that meet this criteria is our Sunday Sauce-it's a hearty meat sauce guranteed to take the chill away and warm the spirit.


If you don't have a good sauce recipe in your recipe file. You don't have to look any further.  Take this recipe and call it your very own.


Sunday Sauce
Serves a crowd
Recipe adapted from Colavito


Note: The sauce can be prepared completely in advance.  Just reheat gently over low heat.

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 links mild Italian sausage
1 rack of spare ribs (about 3-1/2 lbs), cut between the bones into individual ribs
1 pound pork butt, cut into 4 pieces
1 large onion, diced
4 whole peeled shallots
4 whole peeled garlic cloves
3-28 ounces cans whole peeled tomatoes
20 fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crusdhed red pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound of rigatoni pasta

For the meatballs:
3-4 slices firm textured white bread
8 ounces ground beef
8 ounces ground pork
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 eggs
2 ounces (about 2/3 cup) grated Pecorino Romano cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions:
1.  Place 3 slices of bread in a bowl and pour enough warm water over them to moisten completely.  Let stand until softened.  Crumble beef and pork into a large mixing bowl, add onion and garlic.  Beat eggs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl and add to the meats.  Break up bread and add to the meats.  Working with your hands, knead the mixture lightly until evenly blended.  The mixture should be creamy and soft.  If not, soak and add remaining slice of bread.  Chill mixture until firm, about 1/2 hour.

2.  While meatballs are chilling, start tomato sauce: In a havy, large (about 8-quarts) pot; heat olive oil over medium heat.  Working in batches without overcrowding the pot, brown spare ribs, sausages and pork butt well on all sides, removing as they brown. (Add small amounts of oil if necessary during browning.)  When all the meat is browned, add the onion, shallots and garlic to the pot.  Cook, stirring, until the shallots and onion are lightly browned, about 4 minutes.  Place tomatoes in a bowl and break up into small pieces with a whisk or your hands.  Add tomatoes, half the fresh basil, salt, dried basil, dried oregano, red pepper and black pepper to taste. Return meat to pot.  Bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer until sauce is thickened and ribs are tender, about 2 hours.

3.  While the sauce is simmering, preheat the broiler.  Using about 1/3 cup of the meat mixture for each, roll 8 meatballs with your hands, placing them on a broiler pan as you go.  Broil until well browned on top, about 4 minutes.  Turn them and brown the second side.  Add the meatballs to the sauce gently so you  don't break up the meatballs.

4.  To serve: cook rigatoni in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions.  Meanwhile, stir remaining basil into the sauce.  Drain pasta and return it to the pot.  Add enough of the sauce to lightly coat the pasta and transfer it to a large platter.  To serve family style, arrange the meats around the edge of the platter and top the pasta with more sauce.  Serve remaning sauce and grated cheese separately.

Enjoy!




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68 comments:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

If you're inviting a crowd, count me in!

doggybloggy said...

what a nice big pot of "gravy"

Pam said...

Now, that is an impressive sauce!

Martha said...

Are you sure your last name doesn't end in a vowel? That looks like a beautiful, hearty, real Italiano sauce (or gravy as db said), yummy!

Renee Fontes said...

OH WOW! Where's my fork! Forget it I'll just scoop it in with a big slice of bread!!! Velva, you cook up all my dream dinners!

TKW said...

This looks terrific--and authentic! I love that it feeds a crowd!

Sage said...

That sauce abd meatballs looks so good. What a great way to spend Sudnday. I love and and wish I could join you; that recipe is a keeper; thank you.
Rita

Anncoo said...

Can I join you? I don't want to miss this delicious sauce..hahaa..

Big Dude said...

Looks awesome - makes me want to dive into my computer screen

Michelle J said...

Holy cow this looks amazing! Can't wait to try this!!!

Joanne said...

A hearty tomato sauce makes for the perfect dinner to share with friends and family. This looks fantastic! Definitely going to give it a try.

KennyT said...

It looks stunning!

Hungry Dog said...

I'm in love! I wish someone would bring this over to my house...

Dishesdone said...

I love Sunday sauce! My neighbor called it Sunday gravy and I had no clue what she meant! Yours looks amazing! A perfect meal to share!

Bo said...

This sounds so delicious...and it really must feed a big crowd with all that meat.

Sasha said...

Wow. What a gorgeous sauce! I'd love to be at that potluck ; )

bobbinis-kitchen.com said...

Pasta with sausage... A delicate and classic dish. Thank you for the idea!

love lives in the kitchen said...

oh it ooks so incredibily yummy! great recipe!
have a sweet end of sunday,
justyna

Susan Fields said...

Yum! And I love your description of "hearty dishes that warm our bodies and feed our souls." That just brings to mind a warm kitchen full of family and good food on a cold winter's night.

Stevie said...

delish. and love that tablecloth!!!

Kim said...

I've never tried a sauce with pork sausage, pork ribs and pork shoulder. It sounds so good though. My mom always add italian sausage to her sauce and we love it. I'm bookmarking this one to try.

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

sounds like a wonderful pot luck and time with friends/family!

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks like a really great comforting Sunday meal!

pierre said...

hi velva I wish it would be sunday every day !! pierre

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love the meatballs. They are my most favorite comfort food ever!

Sandi said...

What can I say Velva except Amazing, Delicous!! LOL!! Truly looks great! Jay will be thrilled when I make this

Ana Powell said...

Amazing, delicious an so impressive x

Live to Cook at Home said...

Your sauce looks great. Those meatballs have my mouth watering!

For another great "Sunday Sauce," check out Michael Symon's Sunday Sauce recipe on my blog: http://www.livetocookathome.com/2010/02/yia-yias-sunday-sauce-p-229.html

Faith said...

Your Sunday sauce looks phenomenal! I love all the meat in there -- the sausage, the meatballs, the ribs -- definitely something for everyone!

Stella said...

Hey Velva, this looks so good! I love a good sauce over pasta, and Sunday is such a nice day to eat and spend time with everyone-I love it...

Chef Aimee said...

This sauce is the quintessential Italian Sunday dinner - I love it! Its making my stomach growl!

teresa said...

yum! this looks like something i could eat every day of the week!

Banu said...

this looks exactly like what I would love to make on a lazy Sunday afternoon....gorgeous. Thank you.

Lynda said...

This is the perfect comfort food meal! I want to come to your house for Sunday dinner. :)

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

Mmm! Sauce looks divine. And I love potlucks. So much fun, for so little work!

Catherine said...

What a fantastic sauce Velva! It looks absolutely scrumptious and that plate of pasta is mouthwatering!

Sook said...

Seriously that pasta sauce looks divine!!

Pierce said...

Well let me just go get a bowl so I can have some too! Looks great.

We looked at 2 Open Houses today, rainy as it was, and saw one we liked. But I am after the perfect kitchen!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

You know how to make a person happy. That is my husband's favorite meal! Your photos just make it look like you reach in and grab a biteful from the screen.

My Little Space said...

Love the red sauce and it goes very well with the meatball! yummm....

Federica said...

buonissimo e invitante!! complimenti! baci!

suzicate said...

Yummy!!!!!!!

sweetlife said...

what a gre4at sauce..perfect for family to enjoy together..

sweetlife

Chef E said...

I saw this in my reader and tried to avoid it, because we were having dinner out with friends last night, and if you can believe it, the menu had spaghetti and meatballs on the menu. Hubby would have killed me if I had ordered that!

So now I am going to the market to buy the ingredients, or I am going to go crazy looking at your photo again!

buffalodick said...

It has to smell and taste as good as it looks...rich and meaty!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a gorgeous sauce! So tasty looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

AMUSE-BOUCHE FOR TWO said...

Sunday Sauce. What a perfect name for a sauce. :)

Mimi said...

Such a hearty, meaty sauce. My son would love it.
Mimi

figtree said...

Oh my ..does it get any better than this????????????????????

3 hungry tummies said...

It is always wonderful to have another great sauce recipe! It looks great Velva!

thefattyreader said...

That plate looks heavenly. Love the name, too.

A Canadian Foodie said...

OK, Velva...
you 've got my number. I am making this - and will link to you. you must read and then invite me over and we will have a cook off. I LOVE this recipe. I have been honing my skills for That Jew Can COOK - watch his video on his Sunday Gravy. I think I will do this three ways - you and he and me... I will keep you informed. YUMMERS!!!!!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I would gladly eat this Sunday sauce any day of the week. I love how hearty it is with all of the different meats. Thanks for sharing Velva!

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

This looks absolutely delicious!

Danielle said...

This sounds and looks incredible! I found a good basic recipe but this one takes it to another level!

Marguerite said...

I can only imagine how fabulous this Sunday sauce is! Over the top, cher! Kudos!

5 Star Foodie said...

The sauce sounds amazing with sausage!

Karen said...

This sounds like a good hearty sauce - perfect!

Barbara said...

Marvelous, Velva! I can smell it from here. There are so many layers of flavor here. Sunday sauce...love the name too!

Kathleen said...

Velva, this looks like perfect Sunday Gravy!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh man this looks so good, great rich sauce

tasteofbeirut said...

That sauce looks so comforting I have never used that much meat in a tomato sauce before and I can imagine it makes it taste very rich and deep I would love to try it!

grace said...

the meats! the herbs! the cheese! this is a fabulous and exciting creation, velva--i'd look forward to sundays every week if this were on my table. :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Mmmm I could totally dive into a big plate of this. Delicious!
My new blog went up today and I am so excited. Stop by and check out my brand new and improved site daaaahling. I want to know what you think. I'm also doing a fab give away.
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Andy said...

Velva, your gravy looks great! I'd welcome another gravy cookoff competing against you or Valerie! I think my secret ingredient makes the difference (ok, you beat it out of me, its fennel seed)

:)

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I love the name: Sunday Sauce. Your kids are going to have all these wonderful childhood memories when they look back!

Julie said...

Seems like I can smell it now...yum! Makes me wish it was Sunday :)

Katy ~ said...

One of my favorite dinners, and gosh does it ever look good. Your photo is so delicious looking!!

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