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Screen leg­end Paul Sorvino is best known for play­ing mob­ster Paulie Cicero, who preps a pasta din­ner in pri­son in the film clas­sic Good­fel­las. I spoke with Sorvino, 78, and, given our shared Ital­ian her­itage (my fam­ily is Si­cil­ian), I asked his ad­vice for mak­ing tomato sauce. PAUL SORVINO: Si­cily? Well, then, you make the ragù with meat, raisins, sugar, ev­ery f***ing thing you can find. [Laughs] That was all started by The God­fa­ther – “The trick is, put a lit­tle sugar.” Well, we Neapoli­tans don’t do that. My sug­ges­tion is the sim­pler, the bet­ter. Mari­nara is very easy to make. It’s just to­ma­toes, olive oil – not ex­tra vir­gin – and gar­lic. All you have to do is put some reg­u­lar olive oil in a pan and then throw some onions in it and caramelize it a lit­tle bit, then throw a cou­ple of cans of to­ma­toes or 10 or 12 Roma to­ma­toes – you blanch them and take off the skins – and throw in salt, pep­per, basil and cook it for half an hour and you’re done. And a pinch of oregano. Then you have a most de­li­cious tomato sauce. Or you can do it with gar­lic, or you can do it with the onions.

For the record, I’ve never had raisins in my tomato sauce. —MC

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