spaghetti with onion and tomato sauce

this is the first recipe we tried from our new cookbook two meatballs in the italian kitchen by pino luongo and mark strausman. so far we really like the book. every chapter begins with some useful tips/background info and really interesting and insightful discussions between pino and mark. they’re funny and always disagreeing with each other because pino grew up in italy and is very traditional while mark grew up in queens and has a more american take on italian food. i think their great care for the food and that tension between their cooking styles must have helped them put together this great book of recipes.

spaghetti with onion and tomato sauce
(spaghetti al rustico di cipolle) from pino luongo and mark strausman

spaghetti with onion and tomato sauce

2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 cups canned italian plum tomatoes, preferably san marzano, with their juice, pureed in a food precessor or food mill
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp kosher salt
1 lb. spaghetti or linguine
1/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1. place the butter in a 10-12″ skillet over medium heat. add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes. add the tomatoes and 1 tsp of the salt. when the mixture starts to bubble, reduce the heat to very low and cook at a bare simmer for 5 minutes. remove from the heat and set aside.

2. while the sauce is cooking, fill a 10-quart stockpot with 7 quarts of water and bring to a boil over high heat. add the remaining 2 tbsp kosher salt. add the pasta, stir, and cook until al dente.

3. reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, and drain the pasta. add the pasta to the skillet with the sauce. if the pasta looks dry, add the reserved cooking 1 tbsp at a time, tossing to combine between additions. while still tossing the pasta and sauce, slowly sprinkle on the cheese, and toss until all the cheese is incorporated. the dish should look creamy and moist. serve immediately, drizzling each portion with a little bit of olive oil.

comments: this is a great recipe. kind of amazing how such simple ingredients make such a great dish. this recipe totally makes me want to try all the other recipes in the book too. make this delicious spaghetti. make it now. this one is definitely going to be something we make regularly.