The spaghetti recipe is actually one of the simplest one. It is not hard to put together the right ingredients to delight your stomach but it seems that the internet is populated by fake and weird recipes. I came across this picture while looking for a nice pic to post on this blog. What I saw gave me the shivers. What is wrong with this picture? There is tiny detail that makes the whole spaghetti recipe wrong! If you look carefully to the topping of the spaghetti you will see two green leaves. In the background there is a bit of basil and what’s on the front? Parsley!!! That’s the last thing you want to add to the sauce. It does not have anything to do with the traditional spaghetti recipe.  Italian spices are not all the same. Each one of them has its own purpose and basil goes with spaghetti and tomato, while parsley, if you really want to use it, perfectly matches with seafood, like spaghetti with clams. So here below you will find the real, genuine, traditional spaghetti recipe:

 The sauce

700/800 gr of cherry tomatoes

2/3 spoons of olive oil

1 garlic clove

A pinch of salt

A few leaves of basil ( not parsley, basil!)

1.Cut in half the cherry tomatoes, squeeze them to eliminate the seeds and water. 2.Heat the olive oil and the garlic clove in a frying pan. 3. When it starts frying add the tomatoes, a pinch of salt and let them cook for 10 minutes without the lid. 4. Now cover the frying pan and cook the sauce for other 15 minutes, stir it when needed. 5. Let the sauce rest till it is lukewarm and then use a food mill to eliminate the peels.

The spaghetti

Fill a large pot with water and add a generous pinch of cooking salt when it starts boiling. 2. Add 450 gr of spaghetti (don’t break them in half! That’s an insult to the whole Italian country!). 3. Cook the spaghetti according to the time indicated on the box. 5. In the meanwhile add the basil to the sauce and heat it while stirring it. 6. Just a minute before the spaghetti are done, drain them in a colander over the sink. 7. Tip the spaghetti into the pan and stir them with the sauce.

Your spaghetti are now ready to be enjoyed!

Buon appettito!