11 February 2012

Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers


Pure white powder is covering everything again outside. It's so still, clean and peaceful.  It's 11 o'clock in the evening and the kids, my husband and I are all watching the snow fall excitedly. Finally. The kids had been waiting for the ground to turn white all afternoon but the snowflakes had been melting as soon as they fell on the ground.  There was no white carpet to play on this afternoon.  

When I wish for more snow, I feel so guilty.  All over the country, snow had been falling ceaselessly that it had and still is causing serious problems.  Fresh food is not as available as it should be.  I was in a big supermarket the other day to stock up on supplies for this coming weekend, when I looked at amazement at the rows of half-empty and completely empty baskets of fruits and vegetables. Whatever was left was not so fresh-looking anymore but I didn't have a choice, just like the other shoppers. We all grabbed what we needed. And I hurriedly hoarded different kinds of tomatoes. I cannot run out of them.  My kitchen feels empty without a single one of them around.


Tomatoes are staple in my kitchen and I always make sure that I have them in the fridge. But there are times when I run out of them while in the middle of cooking like what happened to me the other day.  I know, why didn't I check ahead before cooking?  I already chided myself and believe me, I promised myself that it won't happen again. It's a good thing there are neighbors we can all count on.  Bless all the nice neighbors!

Now I have three punnets of different kinds of tomatoes and I dedicated some datterini tomatoes for this pasta. Backed up by the best of the Mediterranean flavors of black olives, capers, anchovies and extra virgin olive oil, here is a pasta that you can do over and over again.  Purely delicious!

Our two words today are:

Capers = capperi

Olives = olive.
 
Buon fine settimana!  Have a good weekend!



Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers

Ingredients:
Serves 4
  • 10 grams capers
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 400 grams grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 75 grams black or green olives, pitted and chopped
  • 350 - 400 grams spaghetti alla chitarra
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Soak the capers in water for a few minutes then drain them. Crush them lightly with the back of a fork then set aside.
  2. Over medium - high heat, bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
  3. Meantime, over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic until golden then discard it.
  4. Add the anchovies.
  5. When the anchovies melt, add the tomatoes, olives and capers. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. If the sauce dries out, ladle some hot water from the pot you are boiling.
  7. Season with pepper and add some salt if needed. Turn off the fire and cover to keep it warm.
  8. When the water for the pasta boils, add some salt then add the pasta and cook following the number of minutes indicated in the package. Drain. Save a little bit of the water in case the pasta is too dry.
  9. Transfer the cooked pasta to the saucepan with the sauce and mix well.
  10. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve immediately.
 
 
 
 

6 comments:

  1. Yummers! Next time I make pasta I am going to make it as pretty as yours!

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  2. very pretty on the purple plate! love the name of this blog :)

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  3. Looks yummy but why do you discard the garlic?

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    1. It's the same question I asked everyone here when I started cooking. I don't know any Italian who doesn't discard the garlic during or after cooking. The reason is that after taking in the golden color, the flavor of the garlic transferred to the food is already enough. Leaving it will be too much or it might burn which is not good. Before serving, it's better to take it away as a courtesy so that the garlic will not end up being eaten. It happened to me once and the dinner host was so apologetic about it. Thanks!

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