Mario Batali Sunday Gravy Recipe

Gravy is considered a vital part of food, right? What about you? Do you like to enjoy your favorite dish with gravy? Let me know in the comment section below. However, I like to have different traditional food with a homemade gravy recipe. Today I want to share a Sunday gravy recipe that is inspired by Mario Batali. After tasting today’s gravy it becomes difficult for you to find the difference between Mario Batali Sunday gravy recipe and today’s homemade gravy recipe. 

However, do you know who Mario Batali is? He is an American chef, restaurateur, and writer. The full name of this chef is Mario Francesco Batali. 

Simple ingredients are using for preparing a Sunday gravy recipe that will enhance the taste of the sauce. The variety of flavors of this sauce will make the gravy more authentic. 

Mario Batali Sunday Gravy Recipe

Mario Batali Sunday Gravy Recipe

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Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral Cuisine: Italian, AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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What will make Mario Batali Sunday gravy recipe taste good? Usually, by adding condiments, you can increase the taste of your gravy. Try to add an umami-rich condiment to your gravy recipes like miso paste, soy sauce, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, or a splash of sherry. Let’s have a look at the ingredients list of the gravy recipe and its preparation process. 


  • 428-ounce cans of San Marzano plum tomatoes blender pulsed or hand crushed 

  • 16-ounce can of tomato paste

  • ½ cup of olive oil

  • 1 onion diced (medium size)

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • ½ tsp sugar

  • Tools
  • A large cooking pot

  • Wooden spoon

  • Measuring spoon

  • Chopping board

  • Knife

  • Serving dish

how to make Mario Batali Sunday Gravy

  • Dice one onion: Take one medium onion. First, peel the onion, then dice it nicely with a knife. 
    Dice one onion
  • Crush the tomato with the hand: Now, in a large mixing bowl, pour the plum tomatoes. Then wash your hand and crush the tomato with one of your hands. You can also pulse the tomato in a blender. 
    Crush the tomato with the hand
  • Cook the gravy: Place a large cooking pot on the stove, and turn on the stove. Then pour ½ cup of olive oil and allow them to heat. Add chopped onion and saute them in medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add 16 ounces can of tomato paste. Give them a good stir with a wooden spoon. 
    Cook the gravy
  • Add hand-crushed tomatoes: Add all the hand-crushed tomatoes, and stir them with a spoon. Then gradually add all the ingredients including 1 tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp black pepper, and ½ tsp sugar. Stir the sauce until all the ingredients incorporate with each other. Cook the sauce on a simmer. To avoid sticking, you need to stir the sauce occasionally. Allow your sauce to cook on low heat for about at least 3 hours or more. In this sauce, you can include meatballs, sausages, pork chops, beef braciole, etc. 
    Add hand-crushed tomatoes
  • Serve the sauce: After 3 hours of cooking, turn off the stove and allow your sauce to cool down at room temperature. Now, you can spread this sauce over the pasta and enjoy the taste of this gravy with your friends and family. You can also pile some meatballs on the side of the pasta with extra sauce. And don’t forget to serve some Italian bread with it if you want to serve them as a main dish. 
    Serve the sauce

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  • How long should Sunday sauce cook once everything has been added to the sauce? To get the authentic traditional taste of this homemade Mario Batali Sunday gravy recipe, you should start to cook the sauce early in the morning and allow your sauce to simmer all day long. Keep stirring the sauce every 15 to 20 minutes to avoid any sticking. This sauce requires a slow cook to get the perfect thickness. 
  • If you have any leftover sauce, you can use them for baked ziti, stuffed shells, manicotti, and lasagna. If you serve the sauce with pasta don’t over-sauce your pasta. Always try to serve extra sauce on the side of the plate. 
  • You can store this sauce in the fridge for about 2 to 3 days. Store them in an airtight container, and before serving, you will need to reheat the sauce. 

Nutrtion Information with the addition of 1 pound of pasta

Cholesterol132 mg

The Verdict

The beauty of this Mario Batali Sunday gravy recipe is that it has a good smell and this sauce can freezes beautifully. Usually, Italian-American people love to have this recipe every Sunday. Hopefully, you will enjoy this homemade version of the gravy recipe. 

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Lindsay G. Cabral is a recipe blogger who specializes in vegan and gluten-free recipes. Lindsay has been blogging since 2012, and her recipes have been featured on popular websites such as Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Kitchn. In addition to her blog, Lindsay is also the author of two cookbooks, Vegan Yum Yum and Vegan Yum Yum for All Occasions. When she's not in the kitchen, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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