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Old 07-25-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil

I have been perfecting this recipe for a long time. I would like to share it and see what you guys think:) This pasta dish tastes so good that I can eat it every day.

4 or 5 vine tomatoes (those medium sized tomatoes sold with vine on them. Those are the ripest tomatoes I can find in low price megamarts)
2 tbsp of garlic and basil infused olive oil (just heat up olive oil with basil and garlic in it at very low heat, for about 30 minutes, and then strain. I always keep a bottle of it in the fridge)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
a small handful of basil, chopped
10 ounces of spaghetti for 2 servings
a big squeeze of anchovy paste
Your trusty pepper grinder
Your trusty salt grinder
Baking soda

Skin, seed and crush the tomatoes.
Heat up the olive oil in a small sauce pan, then add garlic and anchovy paste, stir until garlic is golden brown
pour in the crushed tomatoes, grind some pepper, and cook on high to reduce by half. It'll begin to thicken
Meanwhile start cooking the spaghetti
Time for corrective seasoning for your tomato sauce. Don't use too much salt, and if it's too sauer then add some baking soda. If it's not sauer enough then add some balsalmic vinegar.
Turn off the heat and add basil to the sauce.
When pasta is done, drain and return to pot, add the tomato sauce, 1tbsp of butter, and stir. When they have been incorporated, grate some of your fav. cheese in it and toss to combine. Don't add the cheese too early because they might form cheese balls. My fav is pecorino romano.

One variation you can do is to put the tomato sauce in a skillet to reduce further down, and your final dish will have no runny sauce at all (see below)


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Old 07-25-2011, 02:25 PM   #2
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That sounds really good! My tomatoes and basil are coming on in a big way, will give your recipe a try! Thanks!
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:27 PM   #3
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It's got tomato in, it must be good lol!
Nice idea the baking soda to counteract the sourness of the tomato. I must try that :)
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:28 PM   #4
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Time for a pasta dish...yum!
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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It doesn't look good, but I'm purely sure I'd eat a full pound of it.

It might look better with more fresh basil and garlic, rather than their infused oil.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:17 PM   #6
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It doesn't look good, but I'm purely sure I'd eat a full pound of it.

It might look better with more fresh basil and garlic, rather than their infused oil.
actually, what can make it look better is lighting and proper photography
or just have it right in front of you
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:58 PM   #7
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actually, what can make it look better is lighting and proper photography
or just have it right in front of you
Here's proof, lol

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It might look better with more fresh basil and garlic, rather than their infused oil.
Be careful with garlic and basil though. Too much garlic will cause you to become very gassy for hours, and worse if you had it for supper! But fried garlic does taste really good.... for the time being. By infusing garlic with oil you reduce the aftermath while still preserving the flavor:)
Also I found too much basil adds some kind of garlicky spicyness that's really overpowering the dish. As much as I love to smell basil, I can't stand the spicy part of the actual leaves, which is why I chose to infuse with oil and add a small amount of fresh leaves.
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lol, it still looks unappetizing and yet, I'm still sure I would eat a plate 5 times bigger.
Adobe Photoshop is not a cure. Same can be said of basil. Nice dish, hyperion.
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lol, it still looks unappetizing and yet, I'm still sure I would eat a plate 5 times bigger.
Adobe Photoshop is not a cure. Same can be said of basil. Nice dish, hyperion.
hmm.. is there something wrong with me then lol, cuz when I saw the picture (especially the photoshopped one) I feel very appetizing.
This dish is inspired by a food network "best thing I ever ate" episode, in which the speghetti with tomato and basil looks exactly like it. and they sell it for 21 dollars per dish

but spork why would you eat it if it doesn't look appetizing lol, I mean if it look nasty to you wouldnt you just avoid it?
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