Conforti Family Red Gravy (Spaghetti Sauce)

Lauren Conforti


When I was growing up my mother would open a jar of Ragu when we had spaghetti. Even though I do like Ragu, there is just nothing like home made! My husband is Italian, and I had never made sauce from scratch. He got me started, but now, I make it my own. And the house smells phenomenal while it's cooking!


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4 people, for 4 meals
20 Min
8 Hr
Stove Top



  • 2 large
    cans of tomato puree
  • 2 large
    cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato paste
  • 1-2 c
    sliced mushrooms (or use canned)
  • 1
    vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1/2
    green bell pepper, chopped (sometimes i substitute roasted red peppers)
  • 4-5 clove
    garlic, minced (adjust to suit your taste)

  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/8 c
    parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp
  • ·
    red wine, (or marsala wine)
  • 1 lb
    sweet italian sausage, sliced & cooked (optional)
  • 24 small
    meatballs, cooked (optional) frozen, or make your own

How to Make Conforti Family Red Gravy (Spaghetti Sauce)


  1. This is a double batch. The single batch always gives me enough sauce for 2 dinners, so I double it and freeze the extra.
  2. Use a large stock pot. (I've used a 6 qt. crock pot and without the meat added, it filled it right to the top!)
  3. If adding meat, fry the sausage or meatballs until nice & browned. De-glaze the pan with a little wine to get all those browned bits. If NOT adding the meat, just add a little wine to the sauce.
  4. Add all the ingredients into the pot with the seasonings being added as below.
  5. ** For the seasonings,
    My husband's grandmother taught him to add the seasonings in this order as a boy. I thought it was cute.

    - First you see the grass grow (this is the oregano, basil, parsley);
    - then the snow falls on the grass (parmesan cheese);
    - then you see some frost on the snow (this is the sugar)
    Then, of course, you mix it all in. :)
  6. Cook at a low boil for 8-10 hours. I replace the pot lid with a flat slotted pan (like a pizza pan) to allow moisture to escape. The sauce needs to cook down a bit and thicken.
  7. ** Note: You can cook this recipe all day on LOW in a 6-quart or larger crock pot.

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About Conforti Family Red Gravy (Spaghetti Sauce)

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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