Local Dish: Fran’s Sicilian Sauce

St. Clair Shores Sentinel readers share their favorite recipes

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 31, 2018

 Frances (Leone) Rubello is shown cooking Fran’s Sicilian Sauce.

Frances (Leone) Rubello is shown cooking Fran’s Sicilian Sauce.

 Frances (Leone) Rubello is the mother of C & G Newspapers advertising representative Dave Rubello.

Frances (Leone) Rubello is the mother of C & G Newspapers advertising representative Dave Rubello.

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Frances (Leone) Rubello, 86, the mother of C & G Newspapers advertising representative Dave Rubello, talks about the sauce she made while raising a family for 38 years in St. Clair Shores, as told to Kristyne E. Demske.

“I learned it from my mother, and I was probably a teenager when I started making it. In the early ’50s, I was married. We’re Sicilians, and the girls stayed home and cooked and cleaned. My mother, Florence Leone, her mother and dad were Sicilian; she was born here. My father was from Sicily.

“When my husband, Joe, was here, I certainly made it a lot. We always had company. I used to cook for 30 people when my husband was here. He came from a big family of nine. I have four brothers, and holidays ... it took me three days to cook.”


Ingredients: 
• 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
• 1 28 oz. can of tomato sauce
• 1 medium yellow onion, diced
• 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
• 4 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 1 lb. of ground beef
• Add sugar to taste, about 1/4 to 1/3 cup

Preparation:
Heat oil in large pot. Add onions and garlic, and heat until soft — don’t burn. If that occurs, throw it out. Add ground beef, and cook until no pink is showing. Add crushed tomatoes, basil and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least 30 minutes — the longer, the better it will taste. Boil your favorite pasta. Drain and add the sauce. Will serve about 8.


If you would like to submit your recipe as part of the St. Clair Shores Sentinel’s Local Dish feature, email Kristyne E. Demske at kdemske@candgnews.com.

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