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The Zesty Side of Spaghetti al Pomodoro

Take a quintessential Italian dish with spaghetti and tomatoes and add some unlikely ingredients. Here's the recipe by chef Carlo Cracco. It is a classic revisited with simplicity and a little extra flavour!


12 oz. spaghetti

10 oz. tomato purée 1 Tbsp. fresh marjoram 1 garlic clove 1 orange extra-virgin olive oil fine and coarse salt


  1. Fry the clove of garlic (with the peel still on) in 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the zest of 1 orange, wait a few moments and then pour in the tomato purée.

  2. Add a sprig of marjoram, season with salt and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, until the sauce is thick, smooth and has reduced a bit, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

  3. Halfway through cooking the tomato sauce, bring a pot full of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti and drain it al dente. Transfer the pasta directly to the pan with the sauce.

  4. Stir in 1 tablespoon of oil and salt to taste. Using a cooking ladle, form a nest of pasta on each plate and season with grated orange zest and a few leaves of chopped marjoram.


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