luni, 22 septembrie 2014

De gustibus. Spaghetti "ca acasă".

        Simple way to start the week with an homemade recipe. This recipe is known worldwide and the ingredients used are various from season to season, from taste to taste, from kitchen to kitchen... 

So, I hope that everyone knows some interesting things about this subject. 

For instance: "Spaghetti is a long, thin, cylindrical pasta of Italian origin. Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning "thin string" or "twine".

Spaghetti is made of semolina or flour and water. Italian dried spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina, but outside of Italy it may be made with other kinds of flour. Traditionally, most spaghetti was 50 cm (20 in) long, but shorter lengths gained in popularity during the latter half of the 20th century and now spaghetti is most commonly available in 25–30 cm (10–12 in) lengths. A variety of pasta dishes are based on it, from spaghetti alla Carbonara or garlic and oil to a spaghetti with tomato sauce, meat and other sauces." Excerpts from Wikipedia.

Spaghetti  with grilled breast chicken and spiced tomato sauce  An homemade recipe to be served al dente.  Classical ingredients for "Spaghetti pomodoro & grilled chicken" :  tomato sauce*, vegetable oil, chicken meat,  vegetables: tomatoes & peppers bell, garlic, black pepper, thyme, chilli, salt. Servings for 4.

From Did You Know Category:
History and origins:

On wikipedia it is said: "Pasta in the West may first have been worked to long, thin forms in Sicily around the 12th century, as the Tabula Rogeriana of Muhammad al-Idrisi attested, reporting some traditions about the Sicilian kingdom. The popularity of pasta spread to the whole of Italy after the establishment of pasta factories in the 19th century, enabling the mass production of pasta for the Italian market.

In the United States around the end of the 19th century, spaghetti was offered in restaurants as Spaghetti Italienne (which likely consisted of noodles cooked past al dente, and a mild tomato sauce flavored with easily found spices and vegetables such as cloves, bay leaves, and garlic) and it wasn't until decades later that it came to be commonly prepared with oregano or basil. Canned spaghetti, kits for making spaghetti and spaghetti with meatballs became popular, and the dish has become a staple in the U.S."

"An emblem of Italian cuisine, spaghetti is frequently served with tomato sauce, which may contain various herbs (especially oregano and basil), olive oil, meat, or vegetables. Other spaghetti preparations include using Bolognese sauce and carbonara. Grated hard cheeses, such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and Grana Padano, are often added. It is also sometimes served with chili. Some ubiquitous dishes are not authentic to Italy. For example, spaghetti is never served with meatballs or Bolognese sauce in Italy; the former are not often served with pasta, and the latter is traditionally served with tagliatelle (which are long like spaghetti but flat rather than round)."

Still interested of this dish?

In short, you'll be so glad to find out, also, about the preparation of spaghetti:

"Spaghetti is cooked in a large pot of salted, boiling water then drained in a colander (Italian: scolapasta).

In Italy, spaghetti is generally cooked al dente (Italian for to the tooth), just fully cooked and still firm. Outside Italy, spaghetti is sometimes cooked to a much softer consistency.

Spaghettoni is a thicker spaghetti which takes more time to cook. Spaghettini is a very thin form of spaghetti (it may be called angel hair spaghetti in English) which takes less time to cook."

In my kitchen I used these ingredients for:

with grilled breast chicken and spiced tomato sauce

An homemade recipe to be served al dente. 
Classical ingredients for "Spaghetti pomodoro & grilled chicken" : 
tomato sauce*, vegetable oil, chicken meat, 
vegetables: tomatoes & peppers bell, garlic, black pepper, thyme, chilli, salt.
Servings for 4.
*For tomato sauce:
8 peeled tomatoes;
1-2 sliced / finely chopped pepper bell;
3-4 garlic cloves;
vegetables oil as required;
black pepper;

Mix all the ingredients, using your own personal taste, to have a tasty tomato sauce, well spiced and cooked into a culinary delight for yourself, family and, perhaps, gourmands friends.

For a better taste, you can freely add more ingredients, herbs and condiments. As I always used to said in other presentations: " De gustibus non est disputandum**..."


 So:  Poftă bună, Enjoy, Bon Appetit!

"De gustibus non est disputandum is a Latin maxim meaning "In matters of taste, there can be no disputes" (literally "[that] of taste is not to be discussed")."

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16 comentarii:

  1. Alexa, you have me craving spaghetti for dinner now as yours looks so delicious. By the way, I always use spaghettini.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    1. Thank you so much and "Pofta buna!" at your dinner, Judith! I'll try to cook spaghettini as soon as I can that means as soon as I be able to find them in our stores.

  2. I had always heard that Marco Polo had brought the Spaghettis from China to Italy in the 13th century. Anyway everybody loves Spaghettis, except my Italian husband, he loves all pastas but no spaghettis, lol !

    1. Thank you for your reply; So I have found only this mention about any pasta in generally (source Wikipedia): "There is a legend of Marco Polo importing pasta from China[20] which originated with the Macaroni Journal, published by an association of food industries with the goal of promoting the use of pasta in the United States.[21] Rustichello da Pisa writes in his Travels that Marco Polo described a food similar to "lagana". Jeffrey Steingarten asserts that Arabs introduced pasta in the Emirate of Sicily in the ninth century, mentioning also that traces of pasta have been found in ancient Greece and that Jane Grigson believed the Marco Polo story to have originated in the 1920s or 30s in an advertisement for a Canadian Spaghetti company." The source is

      Fact is that these Spaghettis are widely publicly known as an italian dish...

  3. I can't believe how cool you made that post! I love the photos and the narrative!!

  4. Ca acasa dar.. pe engleza;)
    Frumoase fotografii, le-am admirat pana mi s-a facut pofta! Musc din mar si visez la spagetti ;)

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  6. This looks yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe, also.

  7. Alexa, your spaghetti looks scrumptiously delicious, and your food styling and mosaics are very appetizing!!! I could gobble up all that pasta faster than you can say 'tomato'!;)

    Bon Appetit, and thanks for sharing!



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