Recipe of the Month – May 2018 – Rudolph Valentino’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

This is an utterly delicious spaghetti sauce but is it authentic?  I have written an enormously long blog post about Rudi’s recipe so if you want to know more about it, please skip over here…

Rudolph Valentino’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce


2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
1 large onion, diced
1 and 1/2 cups / 115g sliced mushrooms
1 can (8 oz / 225g) tomato sauce
1 can (8 oz / 225g) tomato paste
1 can (16 oz / 450g) whole tomatoes, chopped and undrained
1 lb / 450g Italian sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1 can (2 oz / 55g) anchovies, drained
1/2 cup / 120ml red wine, plus more wine if needed


Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a Dutch oven and sauté the onion pieces and mushrooms over low heat until they soften, adding a little water if needed. Add the tomato sauce, the tomato paste, and the whole tomatoes. Continue to cook over low heat, partially covered.

In a separate skillet sauté the sausage pieces, adding the second tablespoon of oil if they start to stick. Add the garlic pieces as the sausage cooks. When the sausage has browned, scoop the pieces of sausage and garlic up and pop them into the Dutch oven. Stir in the oregano and rosemary as well.

Deglaze the skillet with the red wine, and add the wine and any pieces of sausage that are in it to the Dutch oven. Stir in half of the anchovies.

Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, partially covered, and taste. Add more anchovies as needed.  Cook for 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Cover the pot and/or add a little more wine if the sauce starts to get too thick.

Serve with spaghetti and grated cheese. Serves 4.