Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Family Spaghetti Sauce

The family spaghetti sauce is a recipe that has been passed down from my grandfather. He got the recipe from an Italian family, so it's an authentic concoction. In our family, everyone requests this for their birthday dinner. It's a huge treat, and one pot lasts a long time.

My mother would kill me if I posted the actual recipe, so instead, here is a picture of the finished product, and a similar recipe from

Italian Gravy

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 pounds pork shoulder roast
1/2 cup white wine
3 cups water
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 (28 ounce) cans tomato puree
6 cups water
1/4 cup white sugar

1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic until lightly browned. Place pork shoulder in pot, and pour in 1/2 cup white wine and 3 cups water. In a small bowl, combine oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1/4 of spice mixture over pork. Cover, and cook for 30 minutes turning occasionally. Add water periodically if needed.

2. Pour in tomato puree. Fill cans with water, and pour in (about 6 cups). Stir in remaining spice mixture and the sugar. When liquid starts to bubble, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 4 to 5 hours. Stir occasionally, and adjust seasonings to taste.