“When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool that’s amore” are the lyrics of a famous song by Dean Martin that was first composed on 1953! Just between you and me, ALL pasta recipes can give you exactly the same feeling! Spaghetti has been my favorite food like forever (I’m half Italian after all), so cooking a different spaghetti version once or even twice or more times per week, is probably something I can’t help!
The main question is: WHAT do you cook, when you’re short on ingredients? How can you make a really quick, tasty and cool dish that can travel you places? Keep reading if you came here to get an answer to that!
Although that’s not my favorite version of spaghetti, this is the first recipe I ever learned to cook. Funny isn’t it? Being a spaghetti enthusiast and at the same time learning how to cook for the first time, by cooking some traditional spaghetti with mushrooms? That day, I also learned a few tricks that turned that dull dish into something different! The salty sea-like taste, the spicy sun baked hot Florina pepper, burning me, the olive oil, making my spaghetti look thin and pleasant. It was not just a dish! It was more!
There is one person I would like to thank, before describing every step to making this dish and that is my mother, a great cook, a great friend, just like my father and more than just family to me! If there is someone I ought my knowledge on cooking to, that’s definitely my mom! She taught me how to cook, how to sense food and how to chose only the freshest ingredients! This dish is probably a way to thank that person for always standing on my side and probably one day I might devote a dish that involves baking to my dad, since he used to work at a bakery once and taught me all I know about baking, but that’s another story I guess.
Follow these steps described bellow and don’t hesitate to experiment on your dishes ever! (and please don’t tell her that I added 1 extra ingredient, which is carrots on this dish, as she will find it absolutely weird, although in the end it matched to the flavor… I mean… that’s the ingredient that turned that day’s sauce so cool and so weird that she could not explain why she was feeling that something was different, even though she had cooked the same dish over and over again…….. Never leave the sauce to VeganHedgehog, or you never know what might happen right?)
-500g spaghetti no. 6
-1 small carrot
-2 big tomatoes
-2 gloves garlic
-5 tablespoons olive oil
-1 pinch sun baked hot Florina pepper
-1 tablespoon black pepper (spice)
-2 tablespoons salt
-1 tablespoon flour
HOW TO MAKE IT:
I guess the recipe already sounds dull to you, however if it is your first dish, you will find it really interesting and fun to make. Also, using these ingredients the right way will guarantee that your food will be not dull at all and will instead turn into something great!
Boil water into a big cooking pot and put your spaghetti inside, adding 1 teaspoon (I repeat TEASPOON) of salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. This will not only make sure that your spaghetti will not be in danger of sticking on the sides of your pot, while chopping your vegetables, but will also give it a really nice taste, like the taste you get when you visit an Italian delicatessen. Leave them on high level heat, as they will take their time.
Cut your mushrooms into small slices. Chop your onions into really thin slices, so as for them to immediately melt, once into the saucer pan. Cut your tomatoes (doesn’t matter how, just cut them for them to fit into the blender) and also cut your carrot as well. Crush the garlic into powder.
Put the garlic powder, the tomatoes and the carrot inside a blender, adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil and turn them into puree.
Turn off the heat of the cooking pot and dry your spaghetti. Leave them into the pot.
Take a saucer pan and add the remaining olive oil and the onions. Heat on high level heat for 4 minutes. Then, add the rest of the ingredients, except from the flour and stir well for 10 minutes more, after you add 2 cups of water. Lower the heat and continue stirring.
Add the flour carefully and continue stirring.
Turn off the heat. Put the sauce into the pot containing your spaghetti.
Your spaghetti is ready!