Growing up, we had both sets of grandparents around which I realize even more now that we were very, very lucky. I have two boys now and we don’t live close to either set of parents, so it is definitely challenging. My dad’s side of the family is Italian. I remember days of dancing around the kitchen with my Nonni (grandma) while she was making something delicious. There was always something simmering, cooking, or being baked in her kitchen.
Recently-ish, my 3rd grader at the time, had to do a project on a side of his family’s cultural background, and he chose Italy. Part of the project was to have a traditional recipe from the culture. My Nonni has not been with us for 13 years now, so he sat down with my Aunt who lives down here and started asking a lot of questions. She gave us not only some fun walks down memory lane, but a very yummy Spaghetti “Gravy”. This is what it is called, not a sauce, but gravy! She always used to call it that anyway. A lot of traditional sauces are light and thrown together quickly, but gravy… its got love and energy and takes a long time to cook!
Anyway, this is one of our family’s way of showing love. Buon Appetito, and cheers!
Nonni's Spaghetti "Gravy"
- cutting board
- 2 red onions
- 1/2 bunch parsly
- 4-5 celery sticks
- 3-400 cloves garlic Minced, we really like garlic 😉
- 4-8 cans tomato sauce however saucy you want it
- 2 cans diced tomatos
- 2 cans mushroom pieces
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 bottle red wine some for sauce, some for you...
- 2-3 lbs ground beef
- 2 italian sausages
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
- 3 tbsp fresh basil
- 3 tbsp italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté veggies, ground beef and Italian sausage till veggies are translucent
- Get rid of fat from hamburger
- Pour rest of ingredients in a big pot and simmer 3-5 hours
- Check the wine bottle--it may be lonely...
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