Thursday, January 2, 2014

Spaghetti in Two Sauces - Pesto and Pomodoro ペストとトマトソースの2色スパゲッティ

Spaghetti in two sauces - pesto and pomodoro ペストとトマトソースの2色スパゲッティ by naotakem
Sometimes I have a craving for the comfort that spaghetti with simple pomodoro sauce provides. I also occasionally find my taste buds seeking the mildly stimulating taste of pesto simply tossed with pasta. This is my solution when those events coincide.


Pomodoro sauce (said I'd write about this some time ago but failed to deliver until today - here we go):

  • Sauté finely chopped onions in extra virgin olive oil until transparent and golden, then add a bit of minced garlic and sauté a few more minutes (don't burn the garlic!)
  • Add hand-crushed canned Italian San Marzano tomatoes, a pinch of sugar, mix well, and simmer until desired texture is achieved.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper
  • みじん切りのタマネギを柔らかく、キツネ色になるまでエキストラバージンオリーブオイルで炒めたら、ニンニクのみじん切りを少量加え、数分さらに炒める(くれぐれもニンニクを焦がさぬように)
  • 手で潰した缶入りイタリアントマト(サンマルツァーノ種)と砂糖を一つまみ加え、よく混ぜたら好みの質感になるまで弱火で煮込む
  • 塩コショウで味を整える
Pesto (made this with homegrown basil, no pine nuts in this one):
  • Roughly chop a bunch of basil leaves and a few garlic cloves, add to blender and blend until creamy
  • Add grated Parmigiano-Reggiano as much as you like and a bit of olive oil, blend until cheese is incorporated into sauce
  • Season with salt if necessary (the cheese could provide enough saltiness)
  • バジルの葉たっぷりとニンニクを数カケを粗く刻み、クリーミーになるまでブレンダーにかけます
  • パルミジャーノ・レッジャーノを摺り下ろしたものを好みの量と、オリーブ油を少量加え、良く馴染むまでブレンダーを回す
  • チーズからの塩気が足りなければ塩で味を整える
To finish, cook spaghetti to al dente, separate into two saucepans, add olive oil and a dash of cooking water, toss, add the sauce, toss until coated. Serve both flavors on single plate, garnish the pomodoro pasta with chopped basil.



  1. Wow! Amazing blog! I stumbled upon your blog through Twitter hashtags. I've been wanting to do something like this actually. Writing a blog in both English and Japanese (and other languages too) but my Japanese is still very amateur. Anyways, cool posts!

    Please check out mine too! I'm from the SoCal:

    1. Thank you Hop - haven't updated this for a while but I continue to post my food photos on Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook. Your blog is also quite enjoyable!