It’s the pasta we daily have. It is extremely easy and fast to prepare.
Fry in extra virgin olive oil a couple of garlics; do not use a big fire because the garlic easily burn and when it does it is not good any longer.
When the garlic is golden add the tomatoes.
Tomatoes...I usually use the can of peeled or pulp tomatoes. Not the tomato puree.
Best tomatoes are Mutti.
In the meanwhile I already have the pasta water on the cookers.
Add the basil springs to the sauce when it is about ready and set aside..
By the time the pasta cook the sauce is ready.
When the pasta is cooked, not too soft, drain the pasta and add sauce and the parmesan cheese.
That is it.
Largo Argentina, located in the very center of Rome, is an archeological site. The square was dug in the nineteen century revealing the remains and podium of four republican temples dating from the fourth to the first century before Christ.
It sound strange, but it is right there that a cats colony resides. Homeless and abandoned cats are taken care in that beautiful setting and admired by the passerby. If a roman want to adopt a cat that is the place where to go. My brother got two cats there.
The 'soffritto' -fried slightly - is the base and starting point of Italian pasta sauces.
There are mainly three kindsof soffritto:
With onion, carrots and celery
Depending on the sauce we are making we start with either one or the other.
Basic sauce tomato and basil: need oil and garlic, like the simple but delicious ‘aglio olio e peperoncino ‘ pasta and fish or sea food ones.
Matriciana pasta with pancetta? Oil and onion
Sauce with meat? Always onion, carrots and celery
When I say sauce with meat, I refer to:
Sauce with sausage, pork spare ribs, pork meat, meat balls, ragù etc.
The sauce you use with pasta, lasagna, polenta.
Some 4 years ago, I saw the first rabbit on the palatine hill and since then, while touring with my clients the remains of the imperial palaces; I always look around for them.
The palatine hill is the site of Rome origins... where our story started 28 hundreds years ago. It is where Romulus, Rome founder, created the city. Because of this symbolic value, the hill later become the residence of Octavian Augustus and of the later emperors.
The site has majestic ruins and it is fascinating to immerse ourselves in this mixture of history, nature and power.
I love the idea that this historical place has new inhabitants now...the bunnies.
They are big... brown, grey and black colors, very calm, and not scared of people.
I do not know how many rabbits are there, I’m always wondering, as the area is very extensive.
I saw them first time in 2015. In 2016, I counted four, but the following year I saw none. I was worried, of course. Then I saw them again last year and few weeks ago.
I just love them.
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