Someone has told me that giving birth is like running a marathon. And what do you eat before a marathon? Carbs. That is exactly what my body has been craving these final weeks of pregnancy. All.The.Carbs. You could say I have been carb loading for the big day.
Spaghetti, specifically, is what I have been craving. In the past week I have eaten five different kinds of spaghetti. My craving has driven me to new creative heights and I’ve successfully experimented with three kinds of spaghetti recipes. Today I want to share one recipe that was especially popular with some guests for being exceptionally tasty. I call it, spaghetti alla capoccollo (I’m not sure if that makes grammatical sense in Italian, I just made it up). I like this recipe because of its bold and savoury flavour, its simplicity, and cost/time effectiveness. You could make this meal for about $15 and it takes about 20 min.
Capocollo (sometimes called coppo) is a cold cut that is made from pork shoulder, similar to ham or prosciutto. It adds a lot of flavour to any dish, so I decided to dress up my spaghetti of the night with it. I fried it with tons of garlic, added some diced tomatoes, and finished it with fresh basil and parmesan cheese and voila! Delicious…
Yields 4 servings
- 1 lb of spaghetti
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 8 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 package of capocollo (I used Mastro)
- 1 1/2 cups of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of chopped fresh basil
- 2/3 cup of parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring salted water to a boil; add dried spaghetti
- Bring olive oil to med-high heat and add chopped garlic and capocollo. Fry for about 10 min until the garlic is golden brown
- Add diced tomatoes and continue to simmer for an addtional 7 min, gently pressing the tomatoes so they form into a chunky sauce
- Drain pasta and add immediately into the sauce
- Add chopped basil and parmesan cheese to the pan and mix all together
- Season with salt and pepper to tastes
- Serve immediately with extra parm and basil
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