Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
from her son Sean's memoir: Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit
Make and share this Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Spaghetti Al Pomodoro recipe from Food.com.
- Peel and dice the small onion, garlic, carrots, celery and put into a large pot.
- Add 2 large cans of Italian pelati [prepeeled roma tomatoes].
- Add 1/2 of the bunch of basil with leaves left whole.
- Add a long drizzle of olive oil.
- Simmer on low for 45 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let it rest at least 15 minutes.
- Cook one package of spaghetti noodles [or angel hair] until al dente [with still a bit of a snap at the core].
- Place pasta on large serving bowl or plate.
- Pour sauce over.
- Cut carefully the other 1/2 of basil and sprinkle over the sauce and pasta with lots of freshly grated parmagiana reggiano cheese.
This is a wonderful recipe that, once again, shows just how good properly prepared food really tastes. I used organic, fire roasted crushed tomatoes, which produced a thick, flavorful sauce. I chopped the onion and celery rather fine and grated the carrots to better incorporate the flavors. I used very little sea salt and freshly ground pepper - about 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. You want to taste the tomatoes afterall, not salt!
High quality ingredients such as EVOO and freshly shaved Parmesano-Reggiano are a must. The sauce can top whole grain spaghetti or spaghetti squash. The recipe in the book stressed the importance of cooking the pasta al dente (with a bite). Only cook as much as you can consume in one meal - leftover spaghetti is no good (in this cook's humble opinion). I never mix sauce and pasta either, just ladle over the spaghetti and top with freshly shaved cheese - splurge on real Italian cheese and use it sparingly - again, the idea is to enhance the dish, not overwhelm it.
I made a 1/2 batch to test it and really liked it, even though I'm not typically a plain marinara person! I was also scared of the celery and carrots... but I chopped everything in my chopper and it tasted great! Let this simmer and REDUCE! otherwise it can be a bit on the watery side! It's just as good w/out basil, and is my new and HEALTHY favorite!
I made this to watch with an Audrey movie marathon (Breakfast at Tiffany's and Sabrina) and it was delicious! Will definatly be making it again, thanks carrie!