Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 8 1/2 cups

Canned whole peeled tomatoes work best in this delicious sauce. Use a pair of kitchen shears to coarsely cut them in the can, or squeeze them by hand.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 3 ingredients; sauté, in batches, in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes. Transfer to an 8-qt. slow cooker.

Step 2

Sauté sausage in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil in skillet 6 minutes or until no longer pink. Transfer to slow cooker, reserving drippings in skillet.

Step 3

Sauté pancetta in hot drippings in skillet over medium heat 7 minutes or until crisp. Add onion, carrots, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Increase heat to high; add wine. Bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits. Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until reduced by half.

Step 4

Add tomatoes and tomato puree; bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker; add thyme and next 3 ingredients. Cover; cook on HIGH 1 hour. Reduce to LOW; cook 7 hours. Discard herbs; serve sauce over hot cooked pasta.

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Ratings & Reviews

shellgrl1's Review

December 14, 2014
very good sauce...used meaty pork spare ribs (not the rack kind) in place of pork shoulder (too fatty), cooked for 6 hours, skimmed some oil off the top, and transferred to a pot on stove top for last 1-2 hours to reduce and thicken. Other than that followed exactly. Meat literally fell off bones, making for a very nice Sunday "gravy"


February 07, 2016
I made this as written, except I doubled it. It was good, and my guest enjoyed it. I thought it had a bit too much liquid. Perhaps there is no need for the chicken stock?