The People's Reciplex

Red Gravy with Love

The secret ingredient of this tomato sauce is LOVE.


1 or 2 white onions – not yellow, not red
2-3 yellow squashes
1 pack of baby portabella mushrooms
olive oil
fresh basil
chicken stock (or veggie stock)
red wine – merlot, cab, chianti is good too
2-3 small cans of tomato paste
2-3 cans of tomatoes – kitchen ready 28 oz cans
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)

Stage 1:  PREP
Chop onions, garlic, basil, squash, and mushrooms and put them in prep bowls

Stage 2:  ONIONS
– Heat up a large pot on the stove, coat the bottom with olive oil
– When the pot is hot, throw in your onions – they should make a nice sound of love,  “Tssssssssss”
– Stir the onions so they are coated in the olive oil and saute’ over medium heat
– Onions will become translucent.  At that time add garlic, fresh basil, salt, pepper and about 3-4 tablespoons of butter – continue to cook over medium heat
Note:  there is no love with burned garlic, so keep loving and babysitting the onions at this time. 

Stage 3:  The Red Wine Reduction

– Cover the onions with red wine and keep uncovered to allow the wine to evaporate.
– Pour yourself a glass of red wine and sip over the course of making the gravy
– Allow the red wine to cook on medium heat for at least 3 minutes.
– Add sliced portabellas, sliced squash and pour in chicken /veggie stock (about a cup)
– Cook on medium heat and cover to steam the mushrooms and squash.
– Keep loving your onions, stirring occassionally to be sure they do not stick to the bottom of the pan

Stage 4:  TOMATOS
–  At this time you can love the sauce with various herbs and spices.  (Oregano, Red Pepper Flakes, salt & pepper, more butter, etc.) 
– Add 1-2 cans of tomato paste and stir into the onions and veggies.  Sauce should really thicken.  Add another can of paste if it appears too saucy.
– Add tomatos.   You can add any amount depending on how many people you are feeding.  
– Bring sauce to a gradual boil,  stirring occasionally.
– When sauce is at a boil, reduce heat to a simmer,  cover.

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This entry was posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2010 at 9:31 am and is filed under sauces, vegetarian.

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One Response to “Red Gravy with Love”

  1. Danar says:

    I made this tonight for the family with Malbec, some carrots, and extra love. Oh yum!

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