What’s Cookin’ – Italian Meat Sauce

In the late 1970s, I lived in Chicago.  An Italian co-worker gave me his mother’s recipe for Italian Gravey (sic).  I still have it – it’s typed (as in a typewriter) on a piece of paper, and it’s a fabulous recipe.

Evidence of an old and very well used recipe.  The second page was the recipe for the meatballs to go with the gravey.  You cooked the gravey for over 5 hours.

Notice my notes on this recipe.  From this, my standby Italian Meat Sauce evolved over time.  I use it in lasagna, I use it with Chicken Parmigiana, and I use it with spaghetti and other pasta.

The cast of characters.

Mince the onion and the garlic.

Saute in olive oil.

Throw the meat and spices into the pot, brown the meat, and drain off any excess fat.  Don’t be afraid to add a LOT of basil – that is the key to this recipe.  I used some freeze dried leaves that I had grown over the summer, but dried basil works perfectly in this recipe.

Throw in the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for about 30 minutes.  You may simmer longer for a richer flavor.  You may make the sauce thicker by cooking longer or thinner by adding a little water.

This recipe may be divided into two portions and frozen for later use.  Each portion will make 4 to 6 generous servings with the pasta of your choice.  An entire batch is enough for one large, deep dish lasagna.  I have also used an entire batch over 3 pounds of cooked spaghetti coated in garlic oil, butter, and garlic for the Cross Country Pasta dinners.  If you are doing this, I recommend making the sauce a little on the thin side as the pasta always absorbs some of the liquid.

I didn’t take a picture of the finished sauce.  I used it to make a lasagne which I put into the freezer to be served as dinner for our upcoming Christmas Cookie Baking Day.  I’ll post the lasagna next week!

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