Clemenza's Tomato Sauce


How to make Clemenza's Tomato Sauce from The Godfather |

Name: Clemenza's Tomato Sauce

Inspired by: The Godfather

Serving Size: serves 10

Secret Ingredient: Red wine

"Come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you might have to cook for twenty guys someday." - Clemenza

Chef's Note

Watch Clemenza make and describe his famous tomato sauce.


Making the Tomato Sauce

You will need:

  • Meatballs (see below for suggested recipe)
  • 3 Italian sausages
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans tomatoes
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
  • Red wine, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste


  1. Place the sausages in a skillet over medium heat, and brown on all sides. Set aside on a small plate, and slice.
  2. Mince garlic, and fry in oil over medium heat until light brown.
  3. Mix in tomatoes and paste, making sure it doesn't stick.
  4. Once boiling, stir in sausages and meatballs.
  5. Add a splash of wine and sugar, to taste.

Making the Meatballs

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 15 leaves oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


  1. Soak bread crumbs in milk (at least five minutes).
  2. Meanwhile: chop parsley, thyme, and oregano. Fry onions in oil over medium heat until translucent.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients, including bread crumb mixture and onions.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until malleable (about 45 minutes).
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  6. Cover a baking sheet with foil, and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  7. Wet your hands and form 1.5" diameter balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake until cooked through (about 15 minutes).

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How to make Clemenza's Tomato Sauce from The Godfather |