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Jan 12, 2010
@ 12:29 pm

RECIPE: Yia Yia’s Sunday Sauce

I had to share this recipe from Iron Chef Michael Symon’s cookbook, Live To Cook. It’s so easy to make, delicious, and yields a lot of sauce, that you’ll never want to buy sauce from a jar ever again. Personally, I’d add more garlic (at least a couple more cloves), but ultimately it’s all about personal taste, right?

The sauce is a great base for any pasta sauce-based dishes. It’s also used in a few other recipes in the book. If you don’t have it already, get it now!

Yia Yia’s Sunday Sauce

Makes 2 Quarts


¼ cup Olive Oil

1 large Spanish onion, finely diced

6 garlic cloves, sliced

1 tablespoon Kosher salt, or more to taste

2 28-ounce cans San Marzano tomatoes, with their juice

1 cup dry white wine

2 pounds meaty beef bones

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan or large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 2 minutes. Add the garlic and salt and cook until everything is soft but not browned, about 3 minutes.

Squeeze the tomatoes one by one into the pan, pulverizing them by hand, and pour in their juice, too. Add the wine, beef bones, bay leaf, oregano, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, if using. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to its lowest possible setting, and continue to cook for 8 hours. The sauce should reduce by one third.

Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Remove the bones and bay leaf. If not using right away, let the sauce cool, then cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.

Note: The sauce is chunky, with lots of tomato and garlic. Depending on the use, it can be served as is, or pureed in a blender until it’s uniformly smooth.