Recipes from the Golden Age of Cinema: Audrey Hepburn's Spaghetti Pomodoro

She is one of the few to be on the coveted EGOT list... which means, she has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony...

But most people know her for a little 'ole film known as Breakfast at Tiffany's

That's right, today's recipe comes from none other than Audrey Hepburn. And based on this recipe, I think that she could add to her long list of accomplishments that she was a good cook!

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Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit

The recipe appears in Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit written by her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer. He describes his mother's love of carbs and says that she loved this dish so much she ate it once a week!

And odds are, you have just about everything you need to make it tonight. So let's get cooking! 

Audrey Hepburn's Spaghetti Pomorodro:

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced small
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • 2 large cans (28 oz. each) peeled Italian Roma tomatoes
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil, washed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. spaghetti pasta
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

RECIPE Preparation:

In a large pot combine onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and tomatoes. Drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil. Add about 1/2 of the basil leaves to the pot. Bring sauce to a simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the veggies are tender. Let the sauce rest for a little while. 

Taste the sauce, add salt to taste if desired. Serve pasta topped generously with sauce, grated Parmesan cheese and the remaining freshly cut basil leaves.

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My first bite was SUPER tangy. I don't know if it was the canned tomatoes I used, but if you run into the same problem, try throwing in a bit of sugar or red wine, a bit at a time. The sweetness mellows out the tanginess. With that modification, this sauce was quite delicious!

I even dreamed about it the other night, which means I must be craving it.... 

 

 

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