Tomato Sauce & Ribs

A slow-simmering sauce that’s perfect for the weekends or a day off. Serve over your favorite pasta.

3 lbs. country-style ribs or meaty spare ribs
4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil – divided
1 medium diced onion
3 minced garlic cloves
2 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

If ribs are not already pre-cut, then cut them into individual ribs. Heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil in a large skillet and brown the ribs about 5 minutes on each side; remove the ribs to a large plate or bowl, drain the fat from the skillet, add 1 cup water to the pan, simmer it and scrape up all the browned bits of meat – set aside.

Then, get out the large saucepan you’ll cook the sauce in and add the other 2 Tbsp. of oil, heat then add the onion and cook on medium for 10 minutes, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, sauce, paste, water, spices and the ribs. Bring to a bowl then simmer for 3 hours.

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