Mama’s Sunday Pork Gravy

by jerseygirl on March 5, 2009 · 41 comments

I apologize for being MIA this past week but my family had a lot going on. I also had tonsillitis last week so I didn’t do much cooking. I did eat a lot of ice cream and spent too much time on facebook but I am glad to be back cooking and eating more normal food. What better way to come back but to go to a party. I decided to go to Festa Italiana and take this dish with me. I am so excited about this party. Maryann from Finding La Dolce Vita and Marie from Proud Italian Cook are hosting all week. It will be fun to see all the Italian recipes. Click here and here to see the great food everyone is bringing. Stop by and drool!

If you have never made slow cooked Sunday gravy, you have to try this. Your house will smell wonderful and you might even have the neighbors come running over. I switch meats depending on what’s in the freezer but chicken, pork or beef can be used. And do me one favor. This is NOT sauce, so make sure you call it gravy!

The best part is the leftovers. Don’t microwave them. Drizzle some olive oil in a large frying pan. Heat the pan and then fry the spaghetti until warm and the edges are slightly crisp. Here is my “refried” plate. So good!

I am happy to say that I am going on a retreat this weekend so I’ll see everyone next week. I am also a little behind on blog reading but hope to catch up soon. Happy weekend!

Mama’s Sunday Pork Gravy

1 to 2 TBS olive oil
3 to 4 lbs country style pork ribs
6 cloves garlic, slivered
1/2 cup red wine
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (28 oz) tomato puree
2 tsp onion powder
1 TBS dried basil
1 TBS sugar
pinch of crushed red pepper
salt to taste

In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil and brown ribs. Remove ribs and add garlic to pan. Cook for a few minutes or until garlic is slightly golden. Add wine to deglaze pan. Add tomatoes, puree, onion powder,basil, sugar and pepper. Place ribs back in pot and cover. Simmer on low for 3 to 4 hours or until meat falls apart. Add salt to taste and serve over pasta.

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John and Lisa Howard-Fusco March 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

Oh my. I can’t wait until Sunday for this. Looks great, Lisa! – John


Lucy March 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I just love this sauce made w/pork, wonderful flavors.


Stacey Snacks March 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Looks excellent…..who is Mama?


Peter M March 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Damn, I wish it was Sunday so I could have some right now!


Pam March 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Mmmm. The sauce sounds heavenly. Total comfort food.


Mary March 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

This does sound good, Lisa. Sauce made from pork is a childhood favorite.


Karen Brown Letarte March 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Oh, my, this looks wonderful! My Darlin’ Companion is extremely partial to pork, so I will have to fix this for him very soon. I am saving your recipe right now!

I love the beautiful reds in your blog template– it looks so inviting!


Maryann March 5, 2009 at 2:23 pm

This looks so good!..on ANY day of the week! Thanks so much for joining the festa and bring such a gorgeous dish!
Maryann xox


Barbara March 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Oh Lisa, I’m so glad you posted this recipe. My hubby and I have a friend (that is Italian) and would make this for us when we were first married. I never had the recipe before. I’ll have to surprise my hubby. Thanks so much.


Allie March 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Next time I get some ribs I’ll have to set some aside to try this before my hubby takes them all to BBQ.


Melissa March 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Oh my, that looks too good!


The Food Hunter March 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm

So glad you call it gravy too. But then your from NJ what else would you call it. 🙂


Jennifer March 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Fried spagetti? slow cooker gravy? never heard of these. Myh list to ‘to try’ is getting very long my fellow foodies. Gaald you are feeling better.


NatNibbles March 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Looks awesome…I bet it tastes even better!


The Blonde Duck March 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I’m glad you’re feeling better! This looks divine.


Debbie March 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Looks very good. Is it Sunday yet??


Proud Italian Cook March 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I love gravy with country style ribs, this looks excellent Lisa, just perfect for our festa! Thanks so much for joining us!!
xox, Marie


Cathy March 5, 2009 at 11:09 pm

You won’t catch me calling that sauce — that is GRAVY, and mighty fine looking gravy at that! This really does look like the perfect Sunday dinner. I hope that your recovery from tonsillitis is going smoothly!


Aggie March 6, 2009 at 9:08 am

Oh I can just smell that sauce from here Lisa!! That looks so delicious!

I hope you are feeling better…


Maria March 6, 2009 at 10:51 am

I hope you are feeling better! Glad you are back:)


kat March 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

Looks so good. Glad you are feeling better


black eyed susans kitchen March 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I will be showing this post to my husband Lisa. He is Scandinavian, but loves Italian food. Especially authentic Italian food, and this is right up his alley. Looks like Sunday dinner to me.
♥, Susan


♥Rosie♥ March 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Oh Lisa you poor love with tonsillitis!! I am pleased you are feeling better!!

This looks divine – soon be Sunday ;0)

Rosie x


Katrina March 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Hope you’re feeling better. I have a really annoying cold! Bring on spring–it’s 70+ degrees here today, so I guess I can’t complain.
This dish looks so good! Printing.


tamilyn March 7, 2009 at 9:55 am

I had to laugh at the comment that we are to call it gravy and not sauce. Yep, here in the midwest-it is sauce. Gravy is brown and goes on mashed spuds. However, I will call it gravy since I don’t like regular gravy and I love the look of your ‘gravy’. How many times can I use the word gravy?


Dawn March 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I hope you’re feeling better. I had that once and I did not take care of myself and it got so much worse.
This gravy is looking so good for dinner tomorrow night.


HoneyB March 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Have a great time Lisa!

Your pork gravy looks yummy!


Clumbsy Cookie March 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Are you on Facebook! I need to find you then! Lovely meal, I can almost smell it from my screen! Those roasts are truly the best!


Kevin March 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm

That pork and pasta looks tasty!


Recipe Girl March 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm

great use of the country spare ribs which I often find on major sale. Will print this out and use.

Glad you feel better



Bridgett March 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Ah, tonsillitis is the worst so I hope you are feeling better. This looks so good! So comforting!


Culinary Cory March 8, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Wow, this looks hearty and delicious!


Paula March 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Oh Lisa, I always get so hungry when I visit! This looks so good; I swear I can smell it! Yum, yummy, yum! 🙂


Paula March 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Oh, and I meant to say that I hope you are fully recovered! Tonsillitis is nasty! Hope you had a fun retreat!


Jan March 10, 2009 at 1:51 am

I have been on a liquid diet, and I have been on a soft food diet so I totally hear where you’re coming from. Great looking pasta. I hope you feel better real soon.


Bunny March 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I love this! I love using my crock pot for dinners like this too!


Annie March 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Ok now I’m drooling…
Nothing like Sunday Gravy!


Karen Brown Letarte March 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm

We had your Sunday gravy last night with spaghetti! It was SO delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. It is the closest thing I have tasted to my mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce. She doesn’t remember how to make it and no matter how I’ve tried to replicate it, it never tastes quite right. But your Sunday Gravy is wonderful!


culinspiration March 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

This looks amazing! Could I start it in a pot and then move to a Crock Pot for the long simmer? How long should I leave it in there?

I love a good slow-simmered sauce.


SJerZGirl June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I have a pot on the stove right now. I didn't have any tomato puree, so I used two cans of crushed tomatoes and four pork chops I had in the freezer, thawed and browned. Can't wait to try this!! I'm so hungry!


SJerZGirl June 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I have to tell you – this is superb!!! I've never been able to make decent sauce/gravy from scratch. This is wonderful, even with all crushed tomatoes.


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