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Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce Recipe

(spaghetti al pomodoro)

Preparation time : 30 minutes + 8 minutes cooking time

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • spaghetti 12 oz (350 g)
  • extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp (30 ml)
  • peeled tomatoes or tomato purée 11/3 lbs (600 g) about 21/2 cups
  • onion, chopped 2/3 cup (100 g)
  • garlic 1 clove
  • basil 8 leaves, chopped
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated 1/4 cup (40 g)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method :

  1. Sauté the chopped onion in the oil in a saucepan, together with the whole peeled clove of garlic. When the onion turns golden brown, add the chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook the sauce over high heat for about 20 minutes, stirring from time to time. When it is cooked, remove the garlic and add the washed, dried and roughly chopped basil.
  2. Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente; drain and add the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with the grated Parmigiano cheese.

“pummarola ’n coppa” (tomatoes on top)

  1. Enrico Caruso, the famous Neapolitan tenor, was an excellent cook and a great gourmet. And he had one gastronomic passion: spaghetti with tomato sauce.
  2. During his New York years, he taught his American friends how to cook and serve this simple but sublime dish. Almost all the newspapers wrote about his culinary predilection and his laudable attempts to share it in a foreign land, to the point that, as the famous pianist Arthur Rubinstein recounted, every time Caruso went into a restaurant in New York and ordered a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce, everybody stopped eating and stared at him. They wondered how he would eat: with his left or right hand? Using a spoon as well, or not? And would he twirl it round his fork? And what would he do with the spaghetti that was hanging down? Would he cut it with his knife or suck it up? Until one evening when the great singer was tired of being the center of attention. With a theatrical Neapolitan gesture, he threw his fork down in his plate, grabbed a handful of spaghetti and stuffed it into his mouth, splashing his face, tie, jacket and shirt with tomato sauce. And his audience was happy.