Fra Diavolo Sauce

You will likely see Fra Diavolo sauce offered over lobster or seafood and pasta in restaurants; however, you can use this spicy version of Old World Gravy just like regular marinara over pasta or pasta and meatballs.

Serves: 32Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 5 hours 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 32


  • 4 yellow onions
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 7 lbs. plum tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. pork bones
  • 1 lb. hot Italian pepperoni
  • 1 1⁄2 lbs. Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 cup hearty red drinking wine
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 1⁄2 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder


  • Peel and dice the onions. Peel and mince the garlic. Clean and roughly chop the tomatoes. Clean and gently chop the parsley.
  • Heat the oil to medium-high temperature in a large stockpot. Add the pork bones, pepperoni, and sausage, and brown for 10 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, wine, and stock. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, uncovered and stirring occasionally.
  • Add the herbs and spices, and simmer for 2 more hours, uncovered and stirring occasionally.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste, and serve or store as desired. Store in sealed containers and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.