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Traditional Spaghetti al Pomodoro

This classic Italian dish features a lovely tomato sauce served over spaghetti. Add some fresh parmesan and a sprig of basil and you can expect a wonderful result with some much fresh flavor. The main ingredient in the sauce is passata, which is Italian for tomato pulp. You can buy packages or cans of passata or you can make it by pulsing peeled tomatoes (fresh or canned) in the food processor. Passata is thicker than tomato juice because it contains the tomato pulp.

In addition to the tomato pulp, the sauce features onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a touch of basil. We put fresh basil into the sauce and let it marinate in there and then pick it out, so rather than stringy bits of fresh basil or dried basil, which is not so good, you end up with a delicate hint of basil instead. Some cooks like to cook the spaghetti until 2 minutes off tender, then toss it with the sauce for a couple minutes, but we are serving the sauce over the spaghetti, for visual appeal.

Toss the spaghetti in some melted butter or extra-virgin olive oil if you prefer, just to give it a glossy finish and a nice taste. You do not have to use as much as the recipe says if you prefer to just use a small amount. Feel free to swap the spaghetti for bucatini if you wish, which is like thick spaghetti with a hole running through the middle. This is a classic Italian dish which you will find on many dinner tables in Italy every evening. Continue reading

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