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Nonni’s Spaghetti “Gravy”

Spaghetti gravy

Spaghetti Gravy

     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. 

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    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!

Spaghetti Gravy

Nonni's Spaghetti "Gravy"

Angela Hernandez
Nothing short of delightful, this meaty tomato "gravy" will add flavor to any pasta dish.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • Pot
  • cutting board
  • Wine


  • 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... 
Keyword Pasta sauce, spaghetti gravy

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