A Taste of Crime: Tomato sauce inspired by the Italian Mafia

Italian inspiration

I have a fondness for detective stories set in Italy. For example, books by: Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, and a new acquaintance – Marco Vichi. These authors and their main characters love food and describe the Italian cuisine in a fantastic way..


In the Movie The Godfather there is a scene where one of the mafia guys demonstrates how to cook an authentic tomato sauce! Inspired by this I cooked my own version of tomato sauce.



Olive oil
1 box tomato sauce
20 (about) fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
1 yellow onion
1/2 chili without seeds (optional)
1 small  dash of vinegar
1 large pinch of sugar
1 splash of red wine
Salt and after taste



Put a sauce pan on on high heat
Cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil
Peel and divide  the onion in 2
Mash with the side of a knife 3 cloves garlic, which you then peel
Take half a chili (check the power first!) Scrape out all seeds
Put the onion halfes with the flat bottom down + garlic
Fry shortly until you see a bit of color on the onions (garlic should not turn brown!)
Pour in tomato sauce and lower the heat,
Add the basil leaves and the chili
Add the sugar, vinegar and red wine
Add Salt and pepper to taste.
Cook with lid on for 45 minutes – 1 hour on low heat
When the sauce is ready, pick out the garlic, onion and chilli.


What dishes can you use the sauce with?

The tomato sauce can be used for many dishes, and you can store it in the fridge for a few days. However, it can become watery in a lunch box, especially if it has been frozen. I usually use the sauce for spaghetti and meat sauce,  My absolute favorite is to add gnocchi in a mold. Poor over the  tomato sauce, sprinkle mozzarella cheese and stir then put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes! The sauce is perfect for children, family dinners or romantic dinners.



….I had some cooked whole grain pasta left over and some minced pork meat for two people – perfect! All I had to do was to fry the minced meat. While i seared the meat I made a simple salad of zucchini, mixed salad, cocktail tomatoes, lemon, herb seasoning, salt, pepper and olive oil. When the meat was fried, I put the cooked spaghetti in the pan, poured the sauce and let it cook together. The sauce that was left I poured into a jar and put in the fridge, ready to be used in another dish!


Buon appetito!

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