The epitome of Italian cooking to me is a pot of sauce, simmering on the stove, on a Sunday morning. My childhood memories are filled with the aroma and taste of that sauce. I still try to make sauce on Sundays when I can and now you can too. This recipe is easy and great especially when you have family or friends coming over for dinner.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, whole
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 pound bone-in spare ribs (very important that they be bone-in), seasoned with
salt and pepper
- Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 pound of sausage (optional)
In a large saucepan (I like to use my Le Creuset for this) add the olive oil and sauteé the garlic, onion and carrot until onion is soft and translucent. Add the seasoned spare ribs and sear the outside until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer on low for about 4 hours. If you want to add sausage, do so for the last 45 minutes of cooking. This sauce will cook to a thick, stew-like consistency. When the sauce is ready, boil your favorite pasta. Top the cooked pasta with the sauce and with some grated parmigiano or pecorino for good measure. This recipe will make enough sauce for about 6 – 8 people. You can also refrigerate or even freeze any leftovers for use at a later date.
Cooking Italian food is one way of learning about Italian culture. But nothing beats experiencing it first hand in Italy. So what are you waiting for? Spring and summer in Italy are just around the corner…time to plan your next trip!