Mom’s Sunday Gravy
I really have two Mom’s. My fabulous Mom who lives in Oregon (the best Mom in the world!) and my friend Michelle whom I just love to pieces! I know I’m a really lucky girl! Well today, I’m talking about my friend Michelle and she shared with me the recipe for her Mom’s Sunday Gravy.
So now I’m throwing you for a loop. When I say gravy, you’re thinking chicken or beef gravy right? Well Michelle is Italian and gravy means a whole different thing to her! You may remember Michelle – she has been a guest blogger on my site a couple of times now. She is a wonderful woman, a fantastic cook and a dear friend. We hang together whenever we can and my life is better because she is in it! Again, I’m a very lucky girl!
But back to the gravy. Mom’s Sunday Gravy for Michelle is Marinara Sauce and boy….is this delicious!
Please excuse the spatters on the side of the pot. Usually I try to clean those up before taking photos….but my mouth was watering so much from the delicious aromas coming from this pot!
Simple ingredients combine to make the most amazing sauce. All you need is onions, garlic, tomato paste and water simmered together to intensify the flavor. The you’ll add crushed tomatoes, basil, a bay leaf a bit of wine and some spices. It really doesn’t get much harder than that! You’ll simmer it on the stove to bring it all together and voila! It is perfect!!! Marinara Sauce serve it with noodles, vegetables, chicken, you name it. This is the most delicious and versatile sauce!
I had made the sauce the day before. The next day I roasted some vegetables; zucchini, yellow sauce and red onion. I put the cooked noodles in a big pot, ladled in some sauce, added a handful of frozen peas (the heat of the pasta and sauce will cook them), added the roasted vegetables and tossed it well. After platting I sprinkled it with grated parmesan cheese. It was so simple and so delicious! What a feast!
If you’d like the recipe for Mom’s Sunday Gravy – please click here! Stay tuned, next week I’ll share another recipe of Bracioli (an Italian dish of thin steak stuffed with bread crumbs and pine nuts and covered in this delicious sauce, yum!) I think you’ll really enjoy!
p.s. – there’s one thing I’d like to add. Many years ago my cousin Sadie asked me for my sauce recipe. She wanted to make dinner for her boy-friend (now husband of 20+ years) to really impress him. Well, Sadie – take my recipe and toss it out. This is the one to use!