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erikaziger's avatar

Do you know of a good tomato sauce recipe that includes red wine and sugar?

Asked by erikaziger (345points) October 8th, 2010

I just got a big bag of fresh tomatoes from my friend’s garden. I want to make pasta sauce like in the movie the Godfather when they are all hunkered down in the house after Don Corleone gets shot. Clemenza is cooking sauce in the kitchen and he goes “here’s the secret, a little garlic, red wine and sugar, there you go.”

That recipe sounds really good to me.

Of course, I need a very clear, succinct recipe as I am not the best kitchen improviser. Can someone steer me in the right direction?

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mrlaconic's avatar

1 c. red wine
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms
1 (16 oz.) can plum tomatoes
2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
1 med. onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. basil

Aster's avatar

I’d do @mrlaconic‘s recipe minus the mushrooms and I’d add oregano and cayenne pepper. I think you’re supposed to take the skins off first. Lotta work.

Coloma's avatar

Drop the tomatos into a pot of boiling water for about one minute and the skins will peel off easily!

Aster's avatar

I thought doing that would cause the skins to peel off easily. I didn’t think they’d fall off?

zen_'s avatar

I always include both – unless it’s for kids.

andrew's avatar

@erikaziger While you cook down your vegetables, add a splash or two of red wine. Then, when you add your tomatoes and paste, you can play with adding a little more wine—you’re looking for consistency now. If it’s too watery, you can let it boil down a bit more, but only to a point.

Then add some brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon (which is a secret!). The brown sugar helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes.

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