This is the perfect dish to throw together when you’ve been out all day and need a fast fix of decent food.
My wife is bored of hearing me say that a good spaghetti pomodoro is one that you could happily eat every single day. I probably look cheap when I eat out at Italian restaurants as this is often the lowest priced dish on the menu, but the truth is I just love this classic tomato and pasta.
After many years of cooking this basic dish, I’ve finely honed my recipe and here’s how I’d make it for two people ……
- get a big pan of water on the heat and in the meantime…..
- smash two to three cloves of garlic and cook gently into a very generous slug of good olive oil (the life blood of Italian cooking – don’t be scared to add more quality oil than less)
- don’t let it burn, but cook for a couple of minutes before adding a can of quality chopped plum toms. (even better – use your own home grown ‘Roma’ or similar Italian plum tomatoes – needs to be BIG FLAVOUR in there so no crappy, watery, tasteless regular supermarket bought toms)
- fry these down for a minute or two then add a glug of white wine
- starting with a big handful of fresh basil – set the leaves aside for later and chop up the stems then throw them into the pan
- add a decent pinch of salt flakes and leave it to cook down for twenty mins or so
- in the meantime, cook your favourite pasta – I suggest De Cecco spaghetti
- when the pasta is cooked, drain most of the water but leave maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cupful in the bottom of the pan with the pasta
- throw in your sauce with the basil leaves from earlier and give it a really good stir so every single strand of pasta is well coated in the oily, tomatoey sauce
- grate some black pepper and some fresh parmesan and eat!!
I just realised this looks like a lot of steps bit it’s not!!! It’s super quick and easy, I promise!
And in case you are wondering, the very best pasta pomodoro I have ever eaten was lunctimes in Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia, sitting under the pergola overlooking the pool. I ate the same dish for lunch twelve days running. Funnily enough, it’s not even on their menu but if you visit, do ask for it.