$4 Spaghetti That’s Almost as Good as $24 Spaghetti

When I read the title of this recipe I had to make it! It was in a Food and Wine Magazine “Cooking Class” article. Apparently, the results come close to the $24 per serving spaghetti at Scarpetta in NYC, for only $4 a serving. I think that it is the best sauce I have ever made. It has a similarity to a vodka sauce, without the vodka. We tried it over various types of pasta and preferred spaghetti.

  • 4 ounces white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 to 1 cup peeled garlic cloves (4 ounces, from about 4 heads)
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two 28-ounce cans peeled Italian tomatoes with their juices (I used San Marzano)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup torn basil leaves
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving
  1. In a saucepan, bring the mushrooms and 3 cups of water to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the broth is reduced to 1 cup, 1 hour. Strain and discard the mushrooms.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the garlic and olive oil to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until the garlic is very tender and golden, about 30 minutes.
  3. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole or Dutch oven, bring the tomatoes and the garlic and oil to a boil. Add the mushroom broth and, using an immersion blender, puree the sauce until smooth. Bring the sauce back to a boil, then simmer over moderately low heat until thickened, about 1 hour. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain the spaghetti and return to the pot. Add 2 cups of the sauce and cook, tossing, for 1 minute. Transfer the spaghetti to bowls, top with the basil and serve with grated cheese.
  5. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

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