Valentine’s  Sunday Sauce

Valentine’s Sunday Sauce

Remember that old saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?”

There’s no better way to prove that theory than by surprising your mate with a fabulous Sunday Sauce - try it this Valentine’s day, which just happens to be, well, a Sunday!

You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time, as this is somewhat of a lengthy love affair. Start the sauce at least 6 hours before show time.

These recipes were inspired by Wegmans and Better Homes and Gardens, respectively.  I like to think of  recipes as a guide - change them up to make it your own. 

Buon Appetito!


  • ~4lbs. bone-in country ribs
  • ~3lbs. hot Italian pork (or turkey) sausage links, cut in half
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 20 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 cups quality red wine (or water)
  • 3 cans (28 oz each) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp dried basil leaves
  • Heat a small amount of oil in a large sauce pot to medium-high.  Brown the ribs and sausage on all sides, set aside.  Leave browned bits in the pot.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add onions to pot; cook, stirring, 8 min, until soft but not browned.  Add minced garlic, cook, stirring for 2 min.
  • Raise heat to medium. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, 3-4 min, until paste begins to brown. Add wine; bring to a simmer, stirring to loosen browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add tomatoes and basil; stir to combine. Return ribs and sausage to the pot.  Bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 5 hours. Add meatballs;* Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 hour.
  • Transfer meats to a serving platter, let rest at least 15 min. Serve with your favorite pasta or zoodles and grated cheese.


  • 2lbs. ground beef (85%)
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2c milk
  • 1 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 medium onion, fine chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Preheat the oven to 400(F) degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients well and form into
  • equal-size meatballs (~2”).
  • Place onto a foil-lined baking tray and roast for 10 min.  *Add to sauce during the last hour of cooking.

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