Tomato Sauce or Tomato Gravy… Location, Location, Location

By Geekmom

The amazing K.A.Stewart has asked for a tomato sauce recipe. Well… here in NE Ohio, sauce is usually made with meat and the other is called marinara. In New Jersey though, I have heard, that our sauce is their tomato gravy. Whatevs…. it is good on pasta.

She asked me if I made mine with anything weird. I said no and then proceeded to tell her that I use pork neck bones. She said that is weird. This could get interesting.

Geek Pantry’s Tomato Sauce

*Two or three pounds of pork neck bones (You can use pork steaks or pork chops. You can also use italian sausage links but… adjust the spicing.)
*2 qt whole tomatoes
*2 29 oz tomato puree
*small can of tomato paste if you want the sauce thicher
*4 cloves garlic or 1 1/4 tsp powdered garlic
*1 tsp salt
*1 tsp onion powder (You can use real onions – a small one. I cannot.)
*1 T. sugar

Cook the above until meat comes off the bones. I usually leave it on med low for about three or four hours. Cool to room temperature. Remove all of the meat. I usually use the meat for sandwiches. If you want a very meaty sauce, you can put it back in. Add the following and cook until desired thickness:
2-3 tsp dried basil
2-3 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp red pepper flakes

My advice is to put the 2 tsp of each, let it cook, taste, and add more if you want more. Don’t be afraid of the pepper flakes. It just adds a bit of zing!


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