How To Make The Prison Scene Feast In Goodfellas

August 22, 2012 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Food, How To

If you’re a decent human being, then you have definitely seen a few showings of Goodfellas and you definitely were captivated by the prison scene where they cook up dinner and you definitely know that Vinny used one too many onions in the sauce. The scene always made you hungry and although Mom’s sauce was good, it really couldn’t hold up to the sensibility of wise guys. For anyone wanting to get close to tasting the feast in Goodfellas, I found a legit recipe. Make this tonight and Fuggedaboutit!

All the ingredient: onions, tomato puree, vine tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, white wine, chianti, beef stock, ground beef, pork and veal, salt, pepper, basil, pecorino romano, ciabatta, pasta and steak.


dice onions, put in large pot on medium with olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Cover and let cook for an hour stirring occasionally.


Or in till when ever they look about like this


Dice the tomatos, keep the juice.


Over high heat brown the meats one at a time, set aside for later.


Well the meats are browning chop up the garlic. They use a razor blade to get really thin slivers in the movie….. if you got the time give it a try. I just diced it finely and it works just as well.


Once the onions are done, add in the tomato puree and bring up to a simmer.


Cook the garlic in some olive oil on medium for 3-4 minuet.


Add in white wine once garlic cooked, bring up to high heat.


Wait for wine to almost all reduce


Add beef stock, salt, pepper and a couple bay leaves. let this boil in till reduced by half.


Add everything together, throw in the basil leaves, bring to a simmer and turn town to medium-low, cover and let cook for 3-4 hours.


Looks something like this after a few hours. Grill the steak medium-rare, cook the pasta al dente.


Add some bread & the chianti.


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  • Ralph

    That looks kinda gross…

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  • vinny

    Until. The word you’re looking for is until.

  • muj

    Not big on presentation are we?

  • tr0g

    No Italian would make a gravy without red wine in the sauce

  • Mike

    If I were in prison, that would look like the best meal ever.

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  • Don Robino

    Sorry To whoever made the crap, but it is nothing like the scene from Goodfellas. It does not even have the garlic sliced with a razor. Besides, they had a tomato sauce with meatballs and hunks of pork and veal, not this redneck style meat sauce you have here. Learn the movie, or at least learn how to cook Italian.