I have given up trying to make sauce(gravy) like my nana's. Does anyone have a recipe for a tasty tomato sauce(gravy) that even I can make? I have some tomato puree....then what. Thank you1
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Get a bunch of fresh ripe tomatoes and make this: http://www.food52.com/recipes...
It's super easy and delicious! Good luck!
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It simply doesn't get any better than this.
mrslarkin @ boulangere have my total agreement.
FWIW, I just watched Anthony Bourdain's Naples episode, and he wrapped up shooting with a Sunday night dinner at his fixer's mother's house. She made gravy that looked dead-easy - onions, beef, pork, tomato, olive oil. That was basically it. This recipe looks pretty similar (omit the meatballs if they're too much effort): http://almostitalian.com/sunday-gravy/
@mrslarkin, really? I've never heard of a tomato sauce recipe like this. No garlic?
The Marcella Hazan tomato sauce with onion and butter is heavenly. But if you are wanting a real Italian-style gravy, then you may want to add meat. My Sunday Pork Ragu (http://www.food52.com/recipes...) is my Italian great-grandmother's recipe. It gets its delicious flavor from adding sausage and pork neck bones to the sauce.
For special occasion fare, it's hard to beat thirschfeld's Meatballs Emilia Romagna with Pasta Sheets (http://www.food52.com/recipes...).
But for something simpler but also pretty tasty, you can't go wrong with Merrill's Weeknight Ragu (http://www.food52.com/recipes...).
True confession time: I add smashed cloves of garlic to mine. The quantity is relative to the number of tomatoes.