Sicilian summer spaghetti


Sicilian summer spaghetti

I got inspiration for this Sicilian summer spaghetti, Spaghetti alla coppola, from the wonderful book On Persephone’s Island by Mary Taylor Simeti. In 1962, she went to Sicily where she married and raised two children. 

In her book, she describes the authentic Mediterranean cuisine like it was in those times in Sicily. This summer spaghetti was one of the favourite summer dishes. The tomato sauce was made from fresh tomatoes and basil and the dish was topped with dark slices of fresh aubergine. The dish will make a perfect simple lunch on a hot summer day when the tomatoes are at their best.

Serve some goat cheese or parmesan shavings over your green side salad as this vegetarian pasta dish is very low in protein.

2 servings

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 small onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

3-4 very ripe tasty tomatoes, chopped

½ tsp. dried Provençal herbs

1 small aubergine, thinly sliced

Freshly ground black pepper

Spaghetti for 2 servings

Lots of chopped fresh basil

Warm 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and start frying the aubergine slices until they are soft and dark on both sides.

Warm 1 tbsp. olive oil in a smaller frying pan over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic for 10 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, Provençal herbs, and black pepper. Continue sautéing until the tomatoes have released the liquid and it has evaporated. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti and wash and chop the basil. Add some of the basil in the tomato sauce and save the rest for decoration.

Drain the cooked pasta and divide on the plates. Top with the tomato sauce and aubergine slices. Decorate with basil.


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