madonna del piatto

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no swimming

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appropriate location of vast amounts of liquid

appropriate location of vast amounts of liquid

Before I give you my recipe for one of the most delicious foods on earth – fresh pasta – please let me tell you something about the sauce.

First of all there should always be a sauce. Never in Italy you will find overcooked pasta served with no sauce as a side of a portion of meat or fish.

Pasta should be always cooked “al dente” , strained, tossed with the  sauce, served quickly and eaten immediately so to enjoy it at the right temperature and firm texture.

Feel free to walk out from any restaurant serving a plate of plain pasta surmounted by a dollop of sauce. That’s cheap service and shows no respect for both the food and the customer.

Last but not least, no swimming! Your pasta should be lightly coated by the sauce, not swim in it! Excess sauce, particularly if greasy :( , alters the balance of taste and texture making the dish soggy and unpleasantly heavy.

Floating is for ducks, not for spaghetti, please!

Author: madonnadelpiatto

Former scientist, I now run B&B and cooking school Alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi, Umbria, central Italy, together with my husband Ruurd, daughter Tea and truffle dog Google. We love good food and wine, travel, beautiful handicrafts like textiles and pottery. We feel fortunate to be able to share our magical mountain with many friends from all over the world.

7 thoughts on “no swimming

  1. Excellent advice, Letizia! (Believe me, I follow that closely in making your lasagne recipe!)

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  2. Yes, Sandra, I was going to post the lasagne recipe soon with a link to your blog so I can prove that I pester everybody with my “no swimming” concept!

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  5. I am tempted to post a link to this on my facebook. Recently a friend made spaghetti al pomodoro with a huge glop of red, processed sauce on top. He was so proud, he posted pictures. I wanted so badly to say something, but I refrained. Perhaps, if I post this, he will get the hint?

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