Mom’s Homemade Lasagna with Homemade Sunday Meat Gravy
I grew up in a home where the kitchen was the heart of the household. Some of my most cherished memories are of cooking together with my mom, my aunts, and my grandmothers. For us, cooking was more than just preparing a meal—it was a ritual, a way to bond and share stories. Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that’s very close to my heart—my mom’s homemade lasagna.
The Secret to the Perfect Lasagna is Mom’s Sunday Meat Gravy. But wait: What exactly is Sunday Gravy?
The star of this dish is definitely the sauce. My Mom’s Sunday Gravy recipe is what sets this lasagna apart. Although we always refer to it as Sunday meat gravy, it’s really a luxurious tomato sauce. My mom made hers by simmering meaty ribs in the best Italian canned tomatoes she could find. Like most inherited Italian recipes, this one makes a lot. But once it is made and cooled, the extra sauce can be stored in the freezer and saved for later.
Making lasagna with my mom was one of my favorite ways to spend time together. She would go all out making loads and loads of her Sunday Gravy recipe, and I uphold that tradition by making a double batch every time I make homemade lasagna. When my kids were growing up, they would help me add all those rich, hearty layers to the pan, so sharing a meal later was always so much sweeter.
What kind of tomatoes should you use for homemade Sunday gravy?
My favorite tomatoes for lasagna (because they were my mom’s) are Dei Fratelli brand tomatoes. You may have to make a trip to your local Italian grocer to find these, but boy, is it worth it! If you can’t find these, San Marzano tomatoes are my second choice. Love San Marzano? Check out my Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe with Homemade San Marzano Tomato Sauce, too.
How to Layer Lasagna
Add your Sunday gravy first, then top it with a layer of noodles. On top of the noodles, add your ricotta filling mixture, mozzarella cheeses, and pecorino Romano cheese. Add another layer of Sunday gravy and repeat. When you get close to the top of the pan, add a final layer of noodles and sauce, then sprinkle the whole thing generously with pecorino romano cheese. You can also sprinkle some shredded mozzarella on top if you love that gooey, crispy, cheesy layer on top. Yum!
A Dish That’s More Than Just Food
Take Your Time with the Sauce
The longer it simmers, the better it gets.
Fresh is Best
In true DiSomma style, we go all out with fresh, quality ingredients. It really does make a difference when you grate your own cheese right onto your freshly-plated dish.
Make it a Family Activity
Get your kiddos, friends, or loved ones to help you put your lasagna together. It’s a fun way to create memories!
I like to make a lot! What can I say? It freezes beautifully, so don’t be afraid to make extra.