Originally Posted by VeraBlue
I've got relatives from Brooklyn who also say 'gravy'.
Yup - my Italian NY family is from Brooklyn and says Gravy.
about the ratios. I'll give you my family's (from Italy Italian) recipe. One small can of paste to three large cans of (and this is the kicker) crushed tomatoes. Anything other than crushed tomatoes turns out wrong. Then just season with your traditional italian herbs (basil / parsley / salt / pepper / garlic salt / 1 bay leaf) to taste.
You can add meat, pork kneck bones are one of my faves. Or fry up some meat balls, but the sauce is always the same.
Please please please listen to those that have mentioned NOT to add mushrooms / celery / olives. YUCK