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Meat Gravy

Meat Gravy

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Buon Appetito

This recipe is a family tradition. It has been handed down from generation to generation but never written down. There are things I'd like to explain before starting: some of the meats I use are interchangeable. The whole idea of a meat gravy is the different combination of meats, not the exact meats themselves. The two basic meats are pork and beef; some like to add veal, but I don't. Many in my family add their own third meat: some use poultry, mine is lamb. Some in our family only use beef and pork but I find it less tasty. Serve the sauce over your favorite pasta with grated cheese; I recommend Locatelli® Pecorino Romano. I also add meatballs and braciole to the sauce; see links below for those recipes.

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  • Calories:
  • 277 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 16.7 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.7g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 19.1 g
  • 38%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 944 mg
  • 38%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Place the pork shoulder in the center of the pot and arrange 4 or 5 garlic cloves around the sides of the pan.
  2. Brown the pork roast on all sides and transfer to a large baking dish; remove garlic cloves from pot with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl. Repeat the process, browning pork spareribs, oxtails, and lamb shank, adding about 4 cloves of cracked garlic with each batch of meat, and transferring meats to the baking dish. Transfer each batch of garlic cloves to the bowl when cooked.
  3. While the meats are cooking, strain the cans of tomatoes and their juice. Use a food mill or press the tomatoes through a colander to remove all of the seeds and extra pulp. Discard seeds and pulp and transfer strained tomatoes to a large bowl; set aside.
  4. Cook the sausage in the olive oil in the same pot over medium heat until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, until no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cooked sausage to a large bowl and refrigerate while you complete the next steps. When all of the sausage is browned, return the reserved garlic cloves to the pot and stir in tomato paste, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Stir the tomato paste with a wooden spoon, scraping up the browned bits of meat in the pot. There will be a buildup of juices in the baking dish where the meats are resting; pour this liquid into the pot. Add the Burgundy wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes.
  6. Pour in the strained tomatoes and juice and stir in the basil. Cover the pan and bring the sauce to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and add the cooked pork shoulder, pork ribs, oxtails, and lamb shank. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 hours. (If you're adding braciole, see Cook's Note.)
  7. Remove the pork shoulder, pork spareribs, oxtails, and lamb shank. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and finely chop it. Return meats to the pot of sauce and discard the bones.
  8. Stir the cooked sausage into the sauce; simmer for an additional 1 hour. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings.
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A message from the Author. I appreciate having this recipe published. Thanks. For the original recipe refer to my recipe box and the original is right next to it. The cooked meat means browned. I also leave the sausage in tact but do puncture it with a fork to allow the fats to go into the sauce wile browning it. I only remove the meat from the casing to mix with meatballs.


I made this recipe exactly as listed but omited the ox tails as I didn't think my Italian family would eat themGreat recipe full of flavour. I made this to go along with brascole and linguine pasta. Came out wonderful .The smell in my kitchen was like I died and went to heaven. Everyone licked their lips and fingers at dinner. Thanks for the great meal!!!!


This is fabulous. It's worth the time to make. True rich flavor!!!!