Cruda?

Here’s a recipe for a pasta i made yesterday. I ate something similar to it in a restaurant recently and it blew me away. It’s delicious, but laughingly simple to prepare. It works well with both long (spaghetti, linguine) and short (penne) kinds of pasta.

For 500 gr. of pasta: Mince 1 onion and fry it lightly in olive oil. Cut 4 tomatoes to medium-sized cubes and add them to the pan. Now the most important and fun part: spice it. I used a mix of spices that included musk nut, dried porcini, thyme, pepper and a bunch of other things i found in kitchen cupboards. I don’t even know their names.

That’s it – very simple.

I don’t know exactly what is the name of this pasta. It is possible that it is a type of “salsa cruda”, but it is also possible that “salsa cruda” can be used only to describe sauces made from unprepared tomatoes.

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3 Responses to “Cruda?”


  1. 1 núria 2007-09-25 at 15:34

    Hi from Spain… not Italy, but we also cook a lot of pasta here! Salsa cruda means raw sauce and I never heard of it… what you have done looks like salsa napolitana: onion, tomatoes and a bunch of spices (thyme, rosemary, pepper and so).
    Enjoy!
    Núria

  2. 2 Anonymous 2007-09-28 at 23:24

    I think you meant nutmeg not musk nut (sounds a little like musk rat)

  3. 3 aharoni 2007-10-03 at 23:15

    I found “musk nut” in one of my dictionaries, so it is supposed to be valid.

    But “nutmeg” is probably better. Thanks!


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