copyright 2010, Maria Liberati
August 15th is the most loved Holiday in Italy..especially when the sun is bright and temps are hot..no better way to enjoy the last of summer or a day at the beach or in the sun or eating outdoors…nothing beats eating watermelon outside on a hot summer day in August.. Italians are more passionate about this Holiday then Christmas….which is also a day to enjoy great food with family and friends..but in August you can feast outside under the glow of the sun, the moon and the stars on the beach or on outside
But my favorite way of ending the 15th, is sitting around a large picnic table with family and friends for a plate of Spaghetti at Midnight..sometimes it is spaghetti with garlic and olive oil..this year it was Spaghetti al Tartufo (Spaghetti with truffles). After a day of eating from afternoon to evening…you always have to remember to somehow leave room for this delectable dish..a small serving just to celebrate summer’s ending with friends and family.
It’s easy to make and if you can’t find truffles, drizzle pasta with truffle oil before serving.
Spaghetti al Tartufo
(serves 8-10 people)
1 lb spaghetti
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small black truffle
pinch of salt to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiana-reggiano cheese
Cook spaghetti till al dente. Drain. Place in bowl,drizzle with olive oil and shave 1/4 of truffle on top (you only need a little to get a lot of flavor) Toss. Seerve hot with grated parmigiana-reggiano cheese. Pair with a chilled white wine (Falenghina, or Est!Est!Est! make great choices)