Monday, June 6, 2016

Spaghetti Aromatici





     A Classic Light Pasta!
     Spaghetti Aromatici is a light pasta that has a very nice mixture of aromatic herbs.  Pastas like Spaghetti Aromatici are usually part of an Italian multi course formal dinner.
     The key herb in Spaghetti Aromatici is fresh mint.  The rest of the herbs are better if they are fresh, but dried herbs can be used too.  Spaghetti Aromatici is an olive oil sauce pasta.
 
     Spaghetti Aromatici:
     This recipe yields 1 portion.
     Many pastas are a la minute.  This means that the sauce is made while the pasta cooks.  The goal is to finish preparing the sauce and pasta at the same time, so peak flavors and texture can be achieved.
     Spaghetti takes 8 to 10 minutes to be cooked al dente.  The sauce only takes 4 or 5 minutes to make.  It is best to start boiling the pasta, then wait for 2 to 3 minutes before starting the sauce!
     The herbs should be minced together ahead of time.  There is no specific mixture of Italian herbs, but mint is the dominant herb and the proportion of mint should be high. 
     Step 1:  Start cooking 1 portion of spaghetti pasta in boiling water over high heat.
     Cook the spaghetti till it is al dente.
     Step 2:  *Wait a couple minutes before starting the Aromatici Sauce!
     Heat a sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.
     Add 2 thin sliced garlic cloves.
     Sauté till the garlic turns a golden color.
     Step 3:  Reduce the temperature to very low heat.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper.
     Add 1 pinch of minced oregano.
     Add 1 pinch of minced sage.
     Add 1 small pinch of minced thyme.
     Add 2 pinches of chopped Italian Parsley.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of minced basil leaves.
     Add 1 pinch of minced rosemary.
     Add 1 pinch of minced marjoram.
     Add 1 tablespoon of minced mint leaves.
     Step 4:  Stir herbs garlic and olive oil together.
     Allow the herbs to gently infuse with the olive oil and become aromatic.
     *If the pasta is not ready, then remove the pan from the heat.
     Step 5:  When the pasta is al dente, then it is ready.
     Drain the water off of the spaghetti pasta.
     Step 6:  Add the pasta to the Aromatici Sauce in the sauté pan.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of virgin olive oil.
     Toss the sauce and pasta together.
     Step 7:  Mound the Spaghetti Aromatici in a shallow pasta bowl.
     Pour any excess olive oil sauce over the pasta.
     Garnish with a mint sprig.
  
     The aroma of this pasta is very fragrant!  Spaghetti Aromatici is an authentic regional Italian pasta that few chefs make in modern times.  
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