Grandma's Sunday Sauce

Grandma's Sunday Sauce

Grandma's Sunday Sauce

This sauce is slow cooked for several hours and is best served with homemade meatballs and spaghetti.



32 oz can of tomatoes

small can tomato paste

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 white onion, chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 pork knuckle (optional but recommended)

2-4 Italian sausage links

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil


salt and pepper to taste

grated parmesan cheese (optional)



  1. In a large pot on medium heat, sauté the peppers and onions in the olive oil. After a few minutes add the sausage links. Using your cooking utensil, break the sausage links in half once they are mostly cooked.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium low and add the garlic and the pork knuckle if using. Cook for 30-60 seconds. Then add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Fill the tomato paste can with water and add that as well.
  3. Stir everything well and add basil and oregano. Bring to a boil and stir again. Reduce heat and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and leave the top slightly ajar so steam can vent.
  4. Cook for at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally. If serving with meatballs, add them to the sauce at least 1 hour before the sauce is done. If the sauce gets too thick, you can add a little more water.
  5. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as needed. If there is a lot of grease on the top you can use a spoon to skim off.
  6. Serve over pasta or with crusty bread, with grated parmesan cheese.