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Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Basil

  • 20 minutes
  • Easy
  • First Courses
This quick and fresh pasta dish is made using simple, yet flavorful ingredients.

Ingredients: Per 4 servings

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 3 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb tomatoes
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Wash the tomatoes, remove the seeds, divide into fillets.  Place tomatoes in a large bowl.  Then add the oil, fresh basil leaves torn by hand, peeled and minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Mix together.

In the meantime, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling, salted water. Check the cooking time indicated on the box.

When the pasta is done cooking, drain and toss with the ingredients in the bowl, mixing well before serving. 

Food History

Black pepper is one of the most well known and most used spices in the world. It has been cultivated for thousands of years in the region of India known as Malabar, where it has existed since pre-history. Pepper had already spread across Egypt 3,000 years ago and, according to legend, it was imported to Europe by Alexander the Great when he returned from one of his victorious expeditions. Regardless of whether or not this is true, we know for certain that this precious spice was used for centuries only for medical purposes as a digestive and painkiller. It wasn’t until the Imperial age in Rome that pepper was used in cooking and is present in almost all of the recipes of Apicius, the famous Roman cook. From that moment forward, pepper has gained more importance and value, quickly becoming so precious that it was used as currency in the place of gold. At the beginning of the 5th century, in fact, Alaric, king of the Visigoths, paid a ransom of pepper and gold, as well as other items, in order to conquer Rome.

Did you known that...

Despite common belief, black, white and green pepper do not come from different plants? They are actually the fruit of the same plant, prepared in different ways?

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