Red Pack Tomatoes Review, Authentic Italian Gravy Recipe


In our house, this bitter cold weather has lead to some awesome food. After all, a warm kitchen makes the house warmer which is why I was excited for Bear Haven Daddy to try some new Carnevale recipes for our family with fabulous Red Pack Tomatoes! For those of you not familiar with Carnevale, it is a traditional festival held in Italy during the winter that includes parties and delicious food!

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Authentic Italian Gravy with Red Pack Tomatoes
Authentic Italian Gravy with Red Pack Tomatoes

We used Red Pack Tomatoes for our Italian Gravy. Red Pack Tomatoes are grown in the Midwest where the distinct seasonal changes really impact their flavor. We got a great recipe from them, and here it is!
Authentic Italian Gravy

1 cup red wine, +2 tablespoons
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 baby back ribs, beef neck bones or short ribs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 carrot, minced
10 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 (6 ounce) cans Redpack® Tomato Paste
4 (28 ounce) cans Redpack® Whole Peeled Tomatoes In Juice, crushed with hands
1 (28 ounce) can Redpack® Tomato Sauce
1 quart water
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 pound Italian sausage, cooked and drained, or meatballs


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place 1 cup red wine, oil, beef neck bones, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, salt and black pepper in a roasting pan; stir to coat.
  • Roast neck bones and vegetable mixture in oven until vegetables are tender, 1 hour.  Stir in about 2 tablespoons red wine while scraping any brown bits of food off the bottom of the pan.  Roast until vegetable are browned, about 30 minutes.
  • Pour vegetable mixture into a 16 quart stock pot over medium-low heat; simmer for 30 minutes.  Add REDPACK® TOMATO PASTE,REDPACK® WHOLE PEELED TOMATOES in JUICEREDPACK® TOMATO SAUCE, water, basil, oregano and parsley; stir well.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces, 4 to 6 hours.
  • Remove neck bones from sauce; scrape marrow out of bones.  Add marrow to sauce and simmer until dissolved, 1 to 2 hours.
  • Add choice of meat to sauce during the last ½ hour of cooking.
  • For a smooth sauce, blend in batches until smooth.  Add Italian sausage or other meat to sauce after blending.
  • Option: Cook pasta, a pound pasta in ½ gallon water, just until al dente.  After sauce has cooked add ¼ cup pasta water and al dente pasta.  Cook until pasta is completely cooked.  This allows the pasta and sauce to combine their flavors for an exceptional tasting meal.
Doesn't this look amazing?
Doesn’t this look amazing?

My family and I really enjoyed eating this dish. My husband, the gourmet cook in our family, said that he loved using the Red Pack Tomatoes. They weren’t too sweet and tasted fresh. I hope you enjoy this dish too!



  1. tannawings
    February 22, 2015 at 1:48 am

    My favotite Italian dish to make is lasagna.
    ellen beck on form, still having difficulties with wordpress, it wouldnt let me use my name

  2. Mommy Entourage (@MommyEntourage)
    February 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I love making shrimp scampi and traditional spaghetti and meatballs!

  3. LaTanya (@sweetums82)
    February 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    chicken marsala

  4. Rosie
    February 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    My favorite dish to make is homemade ravioli!!

  5. Sean C
    February 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Shrimp Alfredo would be my favorite dish to cook.

  6. Alina
    February 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I love cooking eggplant parmagiana!

  7. Holly E
    February 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I love baked ziti.

  8. Tina W
    February 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love Eggplant Parmesan.

  9. MARY B
    February 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Lasagna and eggplant parm.

  10. Sonya Sanderson
    February 23, 2015 at 1:14 am

    I like to make sausage and peppers.

  11. Chavonne Harvey
    February 23, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I love to make Angel Hair and Meatballs with Garlic Bread.

  12. Lauren
    February 24, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I like to make lasagna.

  13. chickie brewer
    February 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    It has to be lasagna, bit I’ll take any delicious Italian meal.

  14. D Charte
    March 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I like to make Chicken Parm or Eggplant Parm.

  15. ellen casper
    March 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I like making spaghetti and meatballs

  16. Ashley
    March 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I love to make lasagna

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