Best pasta so far — the basil leaves did it

Pasta

I was thinking of following Jamie Oliver’s “Classic Spaghetti” recipe, but I ended up combining the ingredients and instructions from his book Jamie’s Food Revolution and those in my instant spaghetti sauce’s tetra pack. And, unlike before, this time I used the casserole to cook the sauce, right after cooking the pasta in it (mine is a single-pit electric stove).

And pasta (which I cooked) never tasted that good. It was amazing!

I think the basil leaves did the trick. Their aroma is irresistible and exciting. The real tomatoes also helped. These two ingredients, by the way, were not required by the instant sauce’s recipe, but they were in Jamie’s and I already had them, so why not.

They made the difference.

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Pasta al Pangrattato. Almost.

And so, I found the chance to cook my first dish out of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution last week (yes, this blog post is too late, but at least I get to publish this; so).

As the the book warned, Pasta al Pangrattato was going to be quite dry, unlike most pasta dishes. I substituted many of the indicated ingredients — like dried thyme leaves instead of fresh ones, canned tuna instead of anchovies, and chili sauce instead of the real thing.

It turned out too spicy, but tolerable. Perhaps next time I should go easy with the chili and the thyme…

Pasta al Pangrattato

The revolution begins

Bragging 70% off its original price, the hardbound copy of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution sat on National Book Store’s display table like a super creamy mango float.

I bought it.

Once I got home, I read the first few pages and leafed through all the rest with incremental zeal. I thought I just found the ‘beginner’s cookbook’ that’s so me: feasting on foods quick, sans frills, tasty, and cheap.

Next Saturday, I still start probably with Chicken and Leek Stroganoff. 🙂

Oliver