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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  1. looks awesome and delicious...

  2. Thanks for the lovely comment Rev, Truth is I too am often lazy to make something good....My major driving force to cook something good is photography or if I terribly miss some home food....:).

  3. Thats a delicious and inviting dish..

  4. tempting platter you have there :)

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  5. It's a nice quick recipe. To add more flavor, you can do the following
    1. Boil the pasta in some chicken/vegetable stock. If you can't prepare the stock at home, you can use the stock cubes available at any supermarket.
    2. You can even add few Garlic cloves for additional flavor in pasta, along with some continental herbs like Oregano, Basil etc. For boiling the past with the herbs, make sure to put them in a muslin cloth before putting the same in the boiling water/stock.
    3. Also try the pasta with some light white sauce, using just golden fried garlic, dried oregano & coarsely ground fresh black pepper pods.

  6. What I love about Italian Pasta dishes is that they are so easy to make, and I love using fresh ingredients too. It looks wonderful!


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