Sunday, September 19, 2010

Red Sauce / Gravy? Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Growing up in Italian household was an experience. We ate good food...and plenty of it.

Whenever friends would come to visit, they would always be fed. A lot... And if you didn't eat, you insulted the family. Everyone ate.

The first words out of my friend's mouths were always: "That was good"

Then, they would always ask: "Why is everyone yelling at each other?"

I tried to explain, we weren't yelling....that was the way we talked. I'm a pretty loud person to this very day...

One of the signature dishes was spaghtti sauce...I mean gravy. There is a lot of debate about what to call it. You'll have to decide yourself.

Here is the recipe:

Red Sauce / Gravy from Pasta Therapy


  • 1-28oz. can of crushed tomato, stewed tomato or puree
  • 1-6oz. can of tomato paste
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (or more)
  • Olive oil
  • Basil, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of red table wine (more or less)

1. Crush garlic with the side of a knife and mince.

2. Add olive oil to a sauce pot turned on to medium-low heat. Add garlic and gently sauté.
3. (Savor the aroma of the cooked garlic!) Lightly cook garlic until it starts to change color.
4. Don't overcook, as the garlic will be bitter if left to long.
5. Add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and wine. Add spices to taste.
6. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer. Stir occasionally as the mixture cooks
7. If you wish, add more minced garlic or spices.

You can watch me make gravy / spaghetti sauce below:

You can discover pasta tips at: Pasta Therapy will teach you to make pasta.

You can find more spaghetti tips at Pizza Therapy Makes Red Sauce / Gravy.

As Grandma Grande would say:
"Thatsa nice."

Eat well. Eat often. Enjoy,

Albert Grande, The Pizza Promoter

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