As mentioned in Eggless Tiramisu post, my Anniversary Menu was Italian and this post is a continuation of that menu. Spaghetti in Arabiata sauce is both V & my favorite. We never give up a chance to hog on it.
So when I chanced upon DK’s recipe in Chefinyou for Penne all’arabiata, I couldn’t resist trying her version. But again as I’ve mentioned in my introduction, I can not stick to a recipe to the T, so I made some changes in it. Instead of Penne, I used Macaroni & Spaghetti as I had left overs from both in my pantry and I wanted to use them up. I divided the sauce in 2 portions & made macaroni & spaghetti in Arabiata Sauce. I also skipped garlic & parsley.
The verdict, this rocks baby! – straight from horse’s mouth 🙂
Spaghetti in Arabiata Sauce – Recipe for Sauce inspired from DK
- 1 cup – Macaroni
- 150 gms – Spaghetti
- 2 Tbsp – Olive Oil
- 1 1/2- Medium Onion, finely chopped
- 2 red chiles, seeded and sliced thinly (I used dried red chilli)
- 10 ripe tomatoes,finely chopped
- salt, pepper & dried oregano to garnish
- few parmesan shavings
- Water for boiling pasta
- salt & oil for boiling pasta
Method – Cooking Pasta
Recipe Source: Basic Food Preparation (my college text book)
- Heat water in a pan (big vessel). The water should be enough to completely cover the pasta when dipped. Add 1 tsp salt to it.
- Add 1 tsp of olive oil to water to keep the pasts from sticking together.
- Once the water starts boiling, slowly add pasta, so that boiling doesn’t stop. (I boiled both macaroni & spaghetti separately).
- Boil & stir gently to keep the pieces from sticking to the pan & to each other.
- Cook to the ‘al dente’ stage or a little short of it if it is to be held. To test, press a piece against the side of the pan with a fork. It should need quite a firm pressure to break the pasta.
- Drain & rinse thoroughly with cold water until the rinsed water runs clear.
- Coat lightly with oil or butter to prevent sticking.
- To reheat pasta place in a strainer & submerge in hot water or saute in a little fat.
Method – Sauce
- Heat oil in a pan, fry the onions along with chillies. If you are using dry chillies, very lightly crush them & split them in the center as it allows the flavor to be released in the oil. I fry chillies first & quickly remove them once they start sputtering and keep aside using a small straining spoon as leaving them in the oil makes them black & unappealing.
- Once onions are fried, add tomatoes and just a pinch of sugar. Sugar is added to neutralize the acid in tomato. Heat on high flame.
- When tomatoes break down & start to ooze liquid, add whole chillies in them so they will release their flavor while cooking. Allow to cook on low flame for another 5-8 mins. Keep stirring in between if required. It should attain a saucy consistency. If thick, then add little of pasta water to get the right consistency.
- Once done, divide the sauce in 2 parts – to one part, add macroni, salt, pepper & oregano and to the 2nd part add spaghetti, salt, pepper & oregano.
- Garnish with parsley & parmesan. Serve hot with bread. I served with Stuffed Foccacia.
This super hot dish complimented our relationship and celebration. I would like to end the last dish made for anniversary with lyrics of Fairytale by Alexander Rybak–
Every day we started fighting, everyday we fell in love,
No one else could make me sadder, but no one else could lift me high above…
I Love You V!