If watching The Bear has left you with an insatiable craving for basil-infused San Marzano tomato spaghetti, never fear! We’re here with the deets to get you munching in no time. This recipe is completely believable as a secret family recipe, as the flavours are homey, simple and utterly satisfying.
You’ll need only 7 basic ingredients to get started, and with only 45 minutes of active cook and prep time, this is perfect for on-the-go weeknight dinners.
The core ingredients
This dish relies on a handful of simple ingredients, and therein lies the trick! The flavours are bold, pure and pack a solid punch! To make this spaghetti every bit as good as the original dish in The Bear, you will need the following:
San Marzano tomatoes
A significant plot point in the show, San Marzano tomatoes is an heirloom variety of plum tomatoes hailing from the Valle del Sarno in Italy. They are usually available in canned form and form the base of the famous spaghetti sauce.
A staple ingredient in Italian cookery, basil forms the base of the spaghetti sauce alongside the tomatoes.
Is there any savoury Italian dish that isn’t improved by adding garlic? Go on, I’ll wait!
Browned butter adds nuttiness, umami and depth of flavour to the sauce.
Red pepper flakes
Dried mild or hot chilli pepper flakes add zing and spice to the sauce, as well as bright pops of colour.
Vital to developing the flavour in the sauce, sliced yellow onion is sauteed in brown butter until fragrant.
A component vital to any good Italian dish, olive oil adds herbaceous and peppery flavour.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why use browned butter to make the spaghetti sauce?
Browning butter has a transformative effect – enhancing buttery flavour while adding nuttiness, richness and depth of flavour.
What’s so special about San Marzano tomatoes?
San Marzano tomatoes are a protected D.O.P. ( Denominazione di Origine Protetta or Protected Designation of Origin) product. Every can of San Marzano tomatoes contains flavourful, vibrant red and fleshy tomatoes which are tinned in a smooth passata sauce for additional richness and flavour.
Why would you remove the onion from the spaghetti sauce instead of chopping it up and adding it to the sauce?
Preparing the onion using this technique allows the flavours of tomato to take centre stage, and preserves the smoothness and velvetiness of the sauce.