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Film Released: 1990
Genre: Biography Crime Drama
Film Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Cast/Actors include: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci,
This is the first film featured in this
section which isn't directly about food. However, the preparation of
food does feature a number of time, in particular in a
prison scene where, amazingly, the inmates are allowed to cook their own
Goodfellas is based on a true story
about a small time gangster, Henry Hill played by Ray Liotta, who works
his way up through the mob with his two unstable friends played by
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Unfortunately, his cohorts' violent and
erratic behaviour lands him in all sorts of trouble
throughout the film, culminating in him turning state evidence.
Although this is a pretty violent film
throughout, it is interspersed with some scenes showing "another side"
of these particular mobsters including their love of good food.
Possibly the most talked about is in
the prison scene where one of the mobsters prepares the garlic for a dish by
slicing it wafer thin ..... with a razor blade. His theory is that it will
just liquefy and disperse evenly into the dish.
However we've decided to feature a
specific recipe which is actually mentioned by Ray Liotta right at the end of the
film once he's testified against his gangster friends and is on the
witness protection scheme. After a life of relative excitement and
privilege amongst his circle he says:-
"Today everything is different;
there's no action... have to wait around like everyone else. Can't even
get decent food - right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with
marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. "
Well Ray, here's a traditional
Marinara Sauce recipe for you. Enjoy!
Marinara Sauce for Pasta
Veg HT MC Italian 40mins
The name Marinara comes from the Italian word for sailor,
Although there is a school of thought which says
that marinara sauce must contain something from the sea, this isn't
the case, as the origins of marinara sauce are that it was
made in Naples for the sailors when they returned from their voyages.
It's actually a very simple sauce....but delicious! Use the best quality Italian olive oil and tomatoes to get the best flavour.
Hot Vegetarian Vegan
Vegetables Herbs Main Course Gluten Wheat Dairy Free
Eggless Italy Mediterranean Europe
60ml/2fl.oz. Olive Oil
4 Garlic Cloves, quartered
800g/28oz Tinned Italian Tomatoes, chopped
4 Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
freshly chopped Oregano
Salt and Black Pepper
1. Place garlic and olive oil in large saucepan
then turn on the heat to medium and cook until garlic is soft and
the remaining ingredients to the pan, bring to the boil, then reduce
heat to a simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring from time to
time, until thickened. Serve hot over pasta.