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Rigatoni pasta on a plate with Sunday gravy sauce and shaved cheese and basil leaves on a white plate with a glass of rose wine in the background on a white table.

Rigatoni With "Sunday Gravy"

shaved parmesan

STARS

Here's a classic Italian-American dish. Rigatoni pasta tossed with a slow-braised sugo of beef, pork, and Italian sausage with tomatoes, red wine, garlic, onion, basil and oregano. Top with shaved parmesan. Simple, classic, and just what your Nonna ordered.
difficultyDifficulty Level
IntermediateIntermediateIntermediate
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Total Time:  3 hours
Active Time:  20 minutes
Ingredients

Meat

  • 1 pound beef chuck, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound pork shoulder, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 links hot pork sausage

Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 links mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 beef bouillon cube

Pasta

  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Grated parmesan, for garnish
  • Fresh basil, for garnish
Directions
1
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 
2
Pat the beef chuck and pork shoulder dry and season with salt and pepper. Arrange on the sheet pan with the hot pork sausage and roast for 20 minutes, until browned. 
3
Reduce the oven to 350°F.
4
In a large lidded oven-safe pot, heat the olive oil, fennel seeds and garlic until golden, stirring. Add the carrots, onion, celery, and sausage. Cook, breaking the sausage up into small pieces, until the sausage is cooked through. Add the tomato paste, diced and crushed tomatoes, red wine and beef bouillon. Bring to a boil. 
5
Add the roasted beef, pork and sausage to the pot with the sauce and cover tightly with aluminum foil and a lid. Braise in the oven for 2-3 hours, until the meat is very tender. Cool the sauce slightly, skimming off any fat. 
6
Boil a large pot of salted water for the pasta. Add the pasta, stirring to prevent clumps. Cook to al dente, according to package instructions, strain and return to the pot, drizzled with oil to prevent sticking. 
7
Plate the pasta, top with sauce and garnish with parmesan and basil to serve. 

Rigatoni With "Sunday Gravy"

shaved parmesan

STARS

Here's a classic Italian-American dish. Rigatoni pasta tossed with a slow-braised sugo of beef, pork, and Italian sausage with tomatoes, red wine, garlic, onion, basil and oregano. Top with shaved parmesan. Simple, classic, and just what your Nonna ordered.
difficultyDifficulty Level
IntermediateIntermediateIntermediate
difficulty
Total Time:  3 hours
Active Time:  20 minutes
Servings:  4

Ingredients

Meat

  • 1 pound beef chuck, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound pork shoulder, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 links hot pork sausage

Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 links mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 beef bouillon cube

Pasta

  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Grated parmesan, for garnish
  • Fresh basil, for garnish

Directions

1
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 
2
Pat the beef chuck and pork shoulder dry and season with salt and pepper. Arrange on the sheet pan with the hot pork sausage and roast for 20 minutes, until browned. 
3
Reduce the oven to 350°F.
4
In a large lidded oven-safe pot, heat the olive oil, fennel seeds and garlic until golden, stirring. Add the carrots, onion, celery, and sausage. Cook, breaking the sausage up into small pieces, until the sausage is cooked through. Add the tomato paste, diced and crushed tomatoes, red wine and beef bouillon. Bring to a boil. 
5
Add the roasted beef, pork and sausage to the pot with the sauce and cover tightly with aluminum foil and a lid. Braise in the oven for 2-3 hours, until the meat is very tender. Cool the sauce slightly, skimming off any fat. 
6
Boil a large pot of salted water for the pasta. Add the pasta, stirring to prevent clumps. Cook to al dente, according to package instructions, strain and return to the pot, drizzled with oil to prevent sticking. 
7
Plate the pasta, top with sauce and garnish with parmesan and basil to serve.