I fell in love with Italy when Mr. KC and I visited the beautiful country a couple of years ago. The food was just wonderful. I have been trying to recreate the delicious Italian food at home.
I have been watching David Rocco’s show on TLN and also Lidia’s Italy. A friend scoffed at David Rocco, calling him an idiot.
Well, she doesn’t cook and didn’t see beyond the goofing. In my view, David Rocco is an excellent cook. He is a natural. I don’t know if he is a trained chef or what but he has the cooking sense. Cooking sense is what distinguishes a good cook from one who just follows recipes exactly. The latter isn’t cooking; it is just learning by rote.
This is a show I would recommend to beginning cooks because of the relaxed, casual way DR cooks. Cooking shouldn’t be stressful. Plus, the dishes he makes are delicious.
I saw him make Drunken Spaghetti and tried it myself. It was so easy I made it from memory but, if you want more details, here
is the recipe.
Boil some spaghetti. Remove from the pan when it is still firm and drain it.
Fry some garlic, hot pepper flakes and anchovy paste in olive oil.
The recipe uses chopped anchovies but I find it easier to keep anchovy paste on hand.
Drain the spaghetti and add to the pan. Toss it around.
Pour some red wine into the pan, mix the pasta and simmer until the pasta is al dente.
I was pouring the wine with one hand and taking the photo with the other, so I added a lot of wine because I kept snapping away. So my spaghetti is Dead drunk spaghetti.
The sauce smells wonderful! Add some grated cheese and garnish with chopped parsley.