So if you’re Italian, you’ve probably made a pot of Sunday Gravy once or twice in your lifetime. According to my Italian-American friends that’s what you do on Sundays is to make sauce and have a big meal with family and friends. I am not Italian, but I do appreciate a pot of good sauce on a Sunday afternoon.
Creating the perfect sauce doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, but it does take a little time to cook if you are using the conventional method of cooking – low and slow on the stove top. However, an Instant Pot or pressure cooker can cut down on time and create a rich and hearty sauce, that even the most authentic Italians would approve of.
You start by browning a piece of chuck seasoned with salt and pepper. Then, add a can of crushed tomatoes and a bit of onions and garlic. Set the timer to 100 minutes and it’s full steam ahead, so to speak. The sauce turns out lusciously meaty with just the right consistency – perfect for tossing with pasta or ladled over spaghetti squash. This recipe makes a big batch, which is perfect for leftovers for days to come.
So, call your friends and get together for a fun and festive Social Sunday gathering. They will definitely enjoy the meal whether they are Italian or not.
3 pounds chuck roast
1 white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried oregano
pinch of red pepper flakes
salt & pepper
1. Cut the roast into several pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set Instant Pot to Saute and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. After 2 minutes, add meat in batches and brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.
2. Add onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, oregano, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, stir. Place meat back into pot and hit Cancel. Lock lid on top and set pot to Meat or Manual, and cook on high pressure for 100 minutes.
3. Let pressure release manually and remove lid. Toss meat with tongs, breaking apart chunks as you stir. Serve Ragu tossed with spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine pasta. Enjoy!