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Italian Sunday Red Sauce

Italian Sunday Red Sauce

Walk past the endless jars of pre-made spaghetti sauce and create a new Sunday family tradition with this Italian Sunday Red Sauce.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 quarts
Author Nate


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound Pork nicely marbled, preferably bone in
  • 1.5 pounds Italian Sausage Optional, hot or sweet
  • 3 large Sweet Onions small diced
  • 26 cloves Fresh Garlic
  • 2 cups White Wine Semi Sweet
  • 3 28 oz. cans Tomato Sauce
  • 2 28 oz. cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes Optional
  • 2 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1 package Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Flat Parley


  1. In a large sauce pot heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add cuts of pork and Italian sausage (optional). Turn occasionally, allowing the meat to brown and develop flavor. Remove pot from heat and meat from pot when browned. Place meat in oven proof pan and place in preheated 325° oven.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and place pot back on heat. Add small diced onions to pan and begin to caramelize, being careful not to scorch or over brown (burn). About 10-15 minutes. Add garlic cloves about half way into caramelizing the onions.
  3. Once the onions are caramelized, add the white wine. Open cans of tomatoes while the wine is reducing.
  4. As soon as the wine is reduced a little over half, reduce heat to medium low to low and add tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and water from rinsed out tomato cans (about 3/4 of a can of water). Red pepper flakes if you choose to use. Puree sauce with stick blender until smooth.
  5. Add meat and meat drippings and lightly simmer for approximately 60 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure sauce doesn't scorch or burn. If sauce begins to stick to bottom, reduce heat.
  6. Add fresh herbs, taste sauce and adjust seasoning if needed. Let simmer 10 minutes more. Serve with your favorite pasta or discover a new one.