Saucing Pasta

Black Spaghetti with Rock Shrimp


Serves 4 people

1 pound black spaghetti

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, sliced

6 ounces fresh rock shrimp

1 cup chopped soppressata

4 tablespoons jalapeño pesto (recipe below)

1 cup sliced scallions

½ cup roughly chopped parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the jalapeño pesto

3 cups jalapeño peppers, roughly chopped

½ cup sliced almonds

½ cup red onions, chopped

Salt, to taste

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil


Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Add the spaghetti to the pot and cook until al dente, about 6 to 7 minutes.


While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, rock shrimp and soppressata until the garlic is toasted and the shrimp are cooked just through. Add the jalapeno pesto.


Drain pasta and add it to the sauté pan. Toss gently to coat the pasta with the sauce.


Divide pasta evenly among four warmed plates. Sprinkle with scallions and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.


To Make the Jalapeño Pesto
Place all ingredients in the food processor until pureed. Reserve leftover jalapeno pesto in the refrigerator for up to one month.

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How-To Tuesdays

Saucing Pasta

Don’t just dump ragù bolognese on top of your pasta, sauce those noodles like a pro. Pasta should be dressed like a salad, with a light coating clinging to each bite. The pasta water is the hero here–that leftover starchy, salty water helps bring the noodle and the condimento (as we say in Italian) together as one. Rob Zwirz, chef at Babbo Ristorante, demonstrates the right technique in this video. Your spaghetti will never be the same.

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