Soprano's Sunday Gravy

I’ve talked before about my love of all things mafioso. While I was always a fan of the classics like Goodfellas and The Godfather trilogy, it was really The Sopranos that really cemented that love. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Sopranos Family Cookbook. Every single recipe I’ve tried from it has been wonderful. The first one that I ever made from it’s pages is this recipe for Sunday gravy…

Italians call a meaty sauce that’s been simmered all day a “gravy”. This one is made with the addition of country pork ribs, sausage, and veal – which I leave out (I just can’t get past the baby cow thing). Now, if you’ve never added pork to your red sauce – with all due respect, but you’ve sorely been missing out. It adds such a wonderful richness and complexity that is unparalleled. Sausage is great, but the pork ribs are really where it’s at.

It’s wonderful simply tossed with pasta, or if you want to doll it up even more you can add mozzarella cheese and mini-meatballs to make Ziti al Forno. No matter what you do with it, you can’t go wrong with this sauce. It’s really a staple. Do yourself a favor and make it soon, you won’t regret it! Bada-bing.

Source: adapted from The Sopranos Family Cookbook


  1. Posted March 5, 2015 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    I have this cookbook and have made this Sunday Gravy, but not for many years. Thanks for the reminder! And I remember some other good recipes in there, too. I’ll need to go dig it out and try something new.

  2. Irina
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    OMG!!!! This recipe of yours looks awesome and I think it taste good too…Personally I am like crazy with this pasta dish.Thanks a milion!Keep up the good work!Said a girl from Madrid,Spain

  3. Katherine
    Posted June 30, 2015 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

    This recipe is amazing; I’ve been making this for years and always play Italian opera, wear a chef’s hat and apron while making this. Dorky? Yes, indeed, but it is my tradition. When the opera goes on, my husband knows what’s to come. If there was ever a reason to uncork a bottle of wine and completely dirty up the kitchen, THIS IS IT! Your diners will be floored and your house will smell like you are hiding and Italian grandmother somewhere. MAKE THIS!

    Thanks for posting this.

  4. John Fields
    Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:05 AM | Permalink

    gravy is not what Italians call tomato sauce
    Sunday sauce, sugo, sauce, but NOT gravy
    hell I am only ½ and know that

    • Posted February 9, 2018 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for that input, John. I’m just calling it what they called it in the show (also, referred to as gravy in Goodfellas). I mean no offense, but go scratch.

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