Frankie Avalon’s Spaghetti Sauce

Imagine my surprise to open the work fridge last week and find this in a door shelf. YES! It is back!

I wrote a post back in May about Frankie Avalon’s Salad Dressing and my disappearing salad dressing bottle. Pinched from the work fridge for a second time!  One kind reader called Sherry even took the time to email me a link to a site where I could buy a new one of these.  I am sort of glad I didn’t get around to it, for lo and behold, my own one has reappeared after a couple of months who-knows-where.  

Some people might tip away the salad dressing for health and safety reasons.  Not me, that’s got some of my precious olive oil that Greg Swenson of Recipe for Rebels sent me all the way from Greece in it!

I am not wasting a drop of that!  The salad dressing is safely in my HOME fridge, that salad bottle is never leaving Silver Screen Suppers Towers again.

Anyhow, the reappearance of Frankie’s salad dressing reminded me that his spaghetti sauce was on the list of recipes for test cooking.  Frankie is in a couple of films with Vincent Price so I need a signature dish for the book I’m working on with Peter Fuller of The Vincent Price Legacy.

This spaghetti sauce is very simple and it was tasty but…  

Frankie’s recipe was in a book called Cooking With The Stars, published in 1970 and to me it’s a very 70s sort of spaghetti sauce.  I am not going to expand too much, because I am not Italian and what do I know about spaghetti sauce?  But suffice to say, I’ll soon be trying something from Frankie’s 2015 cookbook that has loads of delicious looking things probably more suited to the modern palate.

Here’s the 70s recipe though, should you desire to make it…

Mmm, I like the look of Frankie’s recipe for chicken thighs with peas, sweet vermouth and sherry in the Italian Family Cookbook.  Two types of booze!

10 Responses to Frankie Avalon’s Spaghetti Sauce

  1. Greg 24 Aug, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Yeah! So happy the salad dressing bottle reappeared! This is like one of the old-fashioned soap operas, where a character returns after being gone for several seasons. But welcome back old friend, we’ll suspend disbelief because you were missed.

    Your spaghetti sauce looks delicious, even in it’s simplicity and the fact that I just finished eating supper as I’m reading this…it still makes me hungry somehow!

    • Jenny 30 Aug, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

      It is the Bobby Ewing of the salad dressing world Greg!


  2. Zelda Manners 24 Aug, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

    Great! I love the way it almost fools you into thinking it is tomato-free, then all that ‘tomato paste’ leaps at you. I have a glut of fresh garden tomatoes at the moment so I will probably not be buying ‘paste’ but I’m going to give Frankie’s salad dressing a whirl.

    • Jenny 30 Aug, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

      Ooh, yes! Try Frankie’s salad dressing, I like it…

  3. Mim (@crinolinerobot) 25 Aug, 2017 at 9:17 am #

    What sort of scrote nicks someone’s salad dressing? That’s really bad!

    • Jenny 30 Aug, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

      Ha ha – I KNOW Mim! What is really bizarre is that there has been a bottle of champagne in that same fridge for about a year, nobody has ever nicked that!

  4. Hazel 26 Aug, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    It does sound like the kind of thing my mum would have cooked in the 70’s (but without the garlic because she didn’t use that until I made her as a teenager in the late 80’s. Actually, I still don’t think she cooks with it, but she will use things with it in now…)

    Glad you got your dressing bottle back!

    • Jenny 30 Aug, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

      My dad REFUSED to allow garlic in anything until the 1990s I think!

      I am THRILLED to get the dressing bottle back!

  5. Vic Pratt 26 Aug, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Who stole your bottle, eh?

    • Jenny 30 Aug, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

      If you worked at my place, I would blame you…

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