Saturday, February 19, 2011

Italian Spaghetti - Perfecto Primo

Love Italian food!!!
Perla, is my Italian friend. We became friends in college & I used to force her to get into the kitchen & cook some mouthwatering Italian dishes for us. This one is one of those I learnt from her.
It makes for a wonderful dinner at my home.

The Italian cuisine is considered as a prime example for a 'perfecto' cuisine, and is imitated all over the world.
Here's one of the 'Perfecto Primo' Italian recipe I cook. 
If you're wondering what primo means then it is The First Course of an Italian meal which usually consists of some hot dish like pasta, risotto or soup. 


  • Spaghetti Pasta - 200 gms
  • Large Ripe tomatoes - 4 nos.
  • Onion - 1 no.
  • Green Chillies - 5 nos.
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Red chilli sauce - as per tolerance level
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese - as much as you require
  • Salt
  • Olive oil - 1 tbsp

 Boil water in a deep stock pot, add half teaspoon oil & some salt in it. Slowly, add the pasta & keep stirring for a uniform cooking. Do not cover the pot as it might get over cooked. Cook as per instructions on the pack. When it gets cooked remove from heat & add some cold water so it stops cooking in the hot water. The pasta should be cooked yet firm. Now drain it in a colander & keep aside. Make sure you don't cover it with any lid. If your sauce is not ready keep working them with your hands to avoid clumping. If you feel it might then run some more cold water through it. It might clump only if you do not add oil during the boiling process.

In a skillet pour the olive oil & sauté the onions, crushed garlic until the onions are translucent. Blanch & purée the tomatoes with green chillies in a blender, add to the skillet.  Add salt & some red chilli sauce.

Mix it up:
Now, add the spaghetti pasta to this sauce & sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese on top. Add as much as you want unless you're on a diet :) 
Serve your Perfecto immediately!


  • You could use any other cooking oil instead of olive oil
  • You could avoid using red chilli sauce

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