Saturday, December 10, 2005

Spaghetti Alla Foriana

This is a recipe i got from Robert, a great cook and gourmet i met at Heidi's thanksgiving dinner.

The recipe is from Ciro & Sal's Cookbook.

A very nice blend of different flavors from nuts, anchovies, raisins and chile.

For 2 people:


1/2 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 big garlic cloves, finely chopped
6 anchovy fillets, rinsed and dried
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, broken into quarters
1/8 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
1/4 cup dark raisins
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of hot red pepper flakes, or chopped chile
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley


Most importantly, cook the spaghetti al dente! So if you're not a fast cook, you might want to start preparing the sauce first, before putting the spaghetti into the boiling water.

Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet. Add the garlic and the anchovies over low heat until the garlic has a golden color. Don't burn the garlic as it gets bitter when burnt. Stir until the anchovies have completely dissolved.

Add walnuts (or pecans), pine nuts, raisins, oregano, black and red pepper (or chile) and simmer for about 4 minutes.

Drain the spaghetti and put it into the skillet with the sauce and mix everything well together. Add one tablespoon of the parsley and toss quickly.

Serve the pasta on individual plates or into a serving dish. Sprinkle the remaining parsley over the dish.

Happy Birthday, Robert!


At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Dan -

Great foto! Any chance of getting the recipe? Good luck on your new blog.

Medea Blitz

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Mr. Blitz,

recipe posted! thank you :-)


At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, Thanks for posting this gorgeous photo and recipe from one of my favorite P'Town restaurants. I have prepared this dish and it is truly heaven on a plate. So glad I found your blog!

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Roni, i'm glad you like it.
This blog is still a baby, glad you found it too! During the week i don't have much time for cooking, but please look forward to weekly posts. Any suggestions or comments are always welcome.
Enjoy! dan

At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Mizue said...


it's an amazing website!! did you take all these pictures too?? i think you can also work as a food photographer..
well, yoko mentioned that the dessert..thai style pumpkin dessert... it looked and sounded sooo good.. god i gotta try it!! : )

someday you should open a cooking class!!
Yoko can be your assistant and I will be a taste tester.

merry christmas!

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Mizue said...

!!! i think i posted my comment on wrong page...!! sorry,,

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Thanks Mizue,
i'm happy to hear you like it!!
let me know if there's any recipes you'd like me to post here, so you can cook for your sisters sometime too :-)


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