Spaghetti Is Great Comfort Food
Who doesn’t love spaghetti? It’s such a comforting, satisfying dish! When most people think of spaghetti, noodles in a tomato based sauce with or without meatballs is probably what comes to mind. Although most people think of spaghetti with tomato sauce as a classic Italian dish, tomatoes weren’t part of Italian cuisine until sometime in the 1800s. One of the earliest recipes for pasta with tomato sauce is actually found in a French recipe book from the late 1700s. While the classic spaghetti with tomato sauce and meatballs is absolutely delicious, there are so many more ways to serve this versatile pasta.
Try Sardinian Bottarga Spaghetti
One of the most simple ways to prepare spaghetti is tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, and seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper. It’s uncomplicated and delicious; a perfect dinner if you’re short on time. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try our Italian Spaghetti Bottarga Recipe. Bottarga is the salted, pressed and dried roe (eggs) of the grey mullet fish. This is an ingredient where adding just a little bit goes a long way to add a punch of flavor. Bottarga spaghetti is an authentic Sardinian dish that is big on taste and easy to prepare.
Tips For Perfect Pasta
No matter what recipe you are using, there are basic steps to cook pasta for the best results. First, be sure to use a large pot with plenty of water. Once the water starts boiling, there should be enough room in the pot for the noodles to move. If you don’t have plenty of water, your pasta could clump together. Next, be sure to add a good amount of salt to your water; usually about a tablespoon. The salt adds great flavor! Another important tip is to not overcook your noodles. Read what the recommended cooking time is on the package, then check for doneness a minute or two earlier than what it says. Once you toss the hot pasta with a sauce, it will cook for another minute or two, so don’t overcook the noodles. Drain the pasta, and toss the hot noodles with whatever sauce you are using. Don’t just spoon the sauce over the top. Tossing the noodles in the sauce means they will soak up more flavor.
We have more recipes in our cookbook, “Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey” that use these, and other fine Sardinian ingredients. We hope you will use them to create authentic Sardinian recipes for your family to enjoy.