"Aprons On!"

She's In Her Apron

Italian Gravy

Cook Time:

2-1/2 hrs





  • 3 Tbs oil
  • 2 med onions chopped
  • 2 boneless pork chops
  • 1- 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 3- 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • water
  • 1-3 Small cans of tomato paste
  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1 lb Hot Italian sausage



  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1-2 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1 C. breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 Cup grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese



  1. In a big stock pot on LOW heat, add oil, onions, and pork chops. Brown up for 1 hour to caramelize the onions.
  2. After the hour add the cans of tomatoes. take each tomato can and fill it 1/4 full of water, getting the last bits of tomatoes off the cans. Add to the pot.
  3. Stir and cook for 30 minutes on med-low heat.
  4. After 30 min, add the cans of tomato paste.  I start with one and see at the end if the sauce needs to thicken more.
  5. Add basil, parsley, oregano, and Italian seasoning. As much as you like.
  6. Add the sugar. This is to cut the acidity of the tomato. You can add more depending on how you’re liking the taste.
  7. Quarter sausage links and add in the sauce. Cook for 2 hours. A half-hour into cooking, add meatballs.
  8. with your hands mix all ingredients well. If you have fatty ground beef, then add more breadcrumbs. If you have leaner meat you can use less.
  9. Roll into balls and drop into the pot.
  10. let the pot simmer for 1-1/2 hrs.