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Clemenza’s Red Sauce

So, if you’ve watched the Godfather, then you know the scene that I’m talking about. Basically, it’s a quick part of the movie where Clemenza is describing how to make his Spaghetti Sauce.  I’ve always added a little bit of sugar and wine to my red sauce to give it some depth and sweetness, and after seeing this on another site, I figured I’d add in a quick recipe here on how to make it.

Mr. Pete Clemenza
Mr. Pete Clemenza


  • 2 large (28-ounce) cans Tomatoes (whole, crushed or chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Dry Red Wine
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 10-ounce or 2 6-ounce cans Tomato Paste
  • 1 lb. Italian Sausages, grilled and sliced
  • 1 lb. cooked Meatballs (use your favorite recipe)


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Add garlic and cook for a few minutes. Do not let the garlic burn.
  3. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously so that a relatively smooth consistence is reached.
  4. Add sausages and meatballs. Stir until the meat is coated.
  5. Add a splash of red wine, then the sugar according to taste.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
  7. Serve on top of your favorite pasta and Enjoy!


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