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    carrie sheridan's Note:

    from her son Sean's memoir: Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit

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    1. 1
      Peel and dice the small onion, garlic, carrots, celery and put into a large pot.
    2. 2
      Add 2 large cans of Italian pelati [prepeeled roma tomatoes].
    3. 3
      Add 1/2 of the bunch of basil with leaves left whole.
    4. 4
      Add a long drizzle of olive oil.
    5. 5
      Simmer on low for 45 minutes.
    6. 6
      Turn off heat and let it rest at least 15 minutes.
    7. 7
      Cook one package of spaghetti noodles [or angel hair] until al dente [with still a bit of a snap at the core].
    8. 8
      Place pasta on large serving bowl or plate.
    9. 9
      Pour sauce over.
    10. 10
      Cut carefully the other 1/2 of basil and sprinkle over the sauce and pasta with lots of freshly grated parmagiana reggiano cheese.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 04, 2011


      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.

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    • on October 29, 2007


      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!

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    • on November 15, 2006


      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!

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    Nutritional Facts for Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Spaghetti Al Pomodoro

    Serving Size: 1 (303 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 489.6
    Calories from Fat 147
    Total Fat 16.4 g
    Saturated Fat 4.8 g
    Cholesterol 16.6 mg
    Sodium 324.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 66.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
    Sugars 7.7 g
    Protein 18.9 g

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