spaghetti alla trapanese

The other day I was going through my books on the shelf, and realized that I have all these fancy cookbooks but have actually never made anything from them. It’s so easy these days to just go online and find a recipe, which I still will do, but there is something extra fun about following a recipe right from a book. Just like the olden times 😉

Our dinners have been a little boring lately too. Not sure if it’s because of the addition of Bug into our lives that maybe we have just been too busy to give it much thought, or if we have just gotten lazy. Probably a little of both. But lazy no more! We sat down on Saturday night (Yup. That’s how exciting it is around here!)  and planned out our menu for the month. I want to try a new recipe at least once a week, it not twice. It makes such a difference to the day knowing what to put on the table come dinner time. There is no rushing around, no last minute “Let’s just have frozen pizza. Again”. It also helped big time when it came to grocery shopping. We made a list, stuck to it (As best we could. Cookies still ended up in the cart somehow…) and now are ready for our month of exciting eating!

First up: Spaghetti alla Trapanese, adapted from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook Jamie Oliver; jamie’s italy.

You will need:

1 lb dried spaghetti
salt and pepper
1 clove of garlic
4 large handfuls of fresh basil, stems removed
5 oz of fresh grated Parmesan
extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes

1. Cook spaghetti pasta according to the package instructions.

2. Blend basil, garlic and a heavy splash of oil in a food processor. Or use the Bullet like I did, because I don’t have a fancy food processor. But now want one…

3. Empty into a bowl big enough to mix all the pasta in.

4. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and, using your hands, squish into the basil mixture.

5. Add cheese.

6. Add hot (drained) pasta and mix. If needed, add more oil to loosen the pasta.

7. Check your seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Try and plate the pasta like they do on the food channel. (This step is optional…)

I highly recommend it. It was so easy to make and pretty tasty. Something that we will definitely have again.



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