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Food, Film, A Spaghetti with Artichoke Recipe Il Postino

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A passion for  food and film can unite the two in intriguing and fascinating ways and bring life to a perfect match…. this combination was first brought together in 1895 in  French film called “ Le Repas de Bebe” and it has continued…

What is your favorite food film? Share it with us here in the Comments..

One of my all time favorites was a nominee in a past Academy Awards for  Foreign Film Category- Il Postino (The Postman) with one of my favorite Neapolitan actors- Massimo was a fictional story based on some facts about the poet Pablo Neruda…poetry makes a romantic pairing with food also

Here is a spaghetti dish made especially by the main character Mario..have a listen to the soundtrack..just as beautiful as the movie and the dish…

ll Postino: Spaghetti alla Mario Ruoppolo

di Michael Radford e Massimo Troisi

Il Postino: Spaghetti alla Mario Ruoppolo

Spaghetti alla Mario Ruoppolo

for 6 servings:

1 lb spaghetti
6 artichokes
1 1/2 lbs fresh, red, ripe tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic

3 tblsps extra virgin ollive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Clean artichokes and cut off the hard exterior leaves and retain the heart of the artichoke.Thinly slice the artichoke heart. Place 3 tablespoons olive oil in saute pan, when hot place in saute pan with  artichoke slices.

Cut tomatoes into cubes, discard seeds and place tomatoes into artichoke mixture. Squash tomatoes with fork and then  add  in garlic cloves  Continue sauteeing for about 15 minutes add in basil and salt and pepper to taste, remove from heat.

Boil spaghetti and cook till al dente, drain.  Add into artichoke mixture and toss spaghetti  till coated with sauce. Remove from heat and serve.

Buon Appetito!

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