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    The Godfather's Spaghetti Sauce

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    Red Apple Guy's Note:

    It is claimed that in 1973, Glamour Magazine posted this recipe based on a scene in the movie "The Godfather": "Heh, come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday. You see, you start out with a little bit of oil. Then you fry some garlic. Then you throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, you fry it; ya make sure it doesn't stick. You get it to a boil; you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs; heh…? And a little bit o' wine. An' a little bit o' sugar, and that's my trick." --- Clemenza in 'The Godfather'

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    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2 (28 ounce) cans tomatoes (whole, crushed or chopped)
    • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
    • 3 Italian sausages, grilled and sliced
    • 1 lb meatballs, cooked (use your favorite recipe)
    • red wine, just a splash
    • 1/4 cup sugar (or to taste)


    1. 1
      Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot.
    2. 2
      Add garlic and cook for a few minutes. Do not let the garlic burn.
    3. 3
      Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously so that a relatively smooth consistence is reached.
    4. 4
      Add sausages and meatballs and stir until the meat is coated.
    5. 5
      Add a splash of red wine, then the sugar according to taste.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
    7. 7
      Serve by ladling over cooked pasta.
    8. 8
      Tip: It's not in the movie, but a teaspoon each of basil and oregano is suggested.
    9. 9
      Tip 2: If you're using canned whole tomatoes, draining them and then crushing them by hand will result in a chunky sauce. Canned crushed tomatoes will create a slightly thinner sauce, while canned chopped tomatoes will result in a thicker sauce.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 17, 2013


      My husbands comment: "Oh my God, that's awesome!" And it is. The best pasta sauce I've ever made or tasted, hands down. Other than adding a little basil and oregano, I followed the recipe exactly.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Godfather's Spaghetti Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (242 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 233.9
    Calories from Fat 112
    Total Fat 12.4 g
    Saturated Fat 3.5 g
    Cholesterol 17.7 mg
    Sodium 724.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 17.0 g
    Protein 9.6 g

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