Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino and a trip to the Mercato Coperto

 It's springtime and I'm really into simple, flavourful dishes.

What could be simpler and more flavourful than this typically Italian dish???

But before we get cooking, I would like to take you on a trip into one of Modena's best features, the Mercato Coperto.
A beautiful Indoor Market where you could get lost in. Well, at least I always manage to!

All you have to do is head towards the main square in the old town, the Piazza Grande.
 Turn Left and there it is, beckoning you in.
The seasonal vegetables
Not to mention the gorgeous artichokes!!
 And roasted veggies
Homemade ready meals
Or Homemade fresh pasta. You take your pick!
Yummy Stuffed Roasted Pork
And of course, my downfall
Just one more!! Drool, so much I could make with these little beauties!!
Ok, so on with the recipe.
Anyone who knows a thing or two about Italian Cooking knows this recipe or has their own take on it.
To me it is, without a doubt, the perfect example of how, by combining the simplest of ingredients you can achieve something truly flavourful and satisfying!!

Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Pepperoncino
No exact quantities, depends on your tastebuds

Good quality extra virgin olive oil
Three crushed or finely chopped cloves of garlic
250gs of pancetta or smoked bacon, finely chopped
Crushed pepper flakes or chilli if you haven't any
Chopped parsley
Parmesan Cheese


So here we go. Boil some salted water  and place your spaghetti in the pan.
Reserve a cup of the pasta water aside.

In the meantime, gently fry your garlic in the olive oil until translucent.
Add your pancetta and fry until slightly crispy.
 Add your pepper flakes.
 2 minutes before the pasta has finished cooking, add it to the sauce in the frying pan, along with the pasta water you saved earlier.
Add your parmesan and parsley and mix it all in very well.
 So there you go, simple and so yummy!



  1. You are so right about this dish! I just made a simple pasta dish last night, with the same thinking - it's spring and simplicity is what I crave. And oh my, if you got me in that market you would never get me out, how awesome is that!

  2. what a great post love the fresh fish, the pasta is perfect!

  3. Those artichokes make me nostalgic... I'm so jealous !

  4. Ruth,the trip to the market has me insanely ready for Farmer's Market. That stuffed pork, the pastas, the cheeses, the artichokes...if only I could beam myself there. And the spaghetti - one of my all-time favorite dishes ever. I want to put a fork in the photo.

  5. I love this - just a handful of ingredients but just loaded with flavor - what a yummy sounding dish!

  6. Excellent pasta and I loved seeing the pictures of the excellent market produce!

  7. Ruth, this is so simple and yet so good isn't it?

  8. great recipe as ever and wow what a market

  9. Quick, easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Great photos too!

  10. Wow, great pasta dish...looks very tasty :-) The pictures of the mercado are just great!

  11. I love those market!!!I would love to be there! Delicious recipe, Ruth!

  12. Geogous & tasty looking pictures & your pasta dish sings to me!!

    oooh yes,...!!!

  13. Quite a market! I'd love to have something like that here..

  14. the recipe sounds interesting and dish looks so appetizing, but I think it's no ao healthy. Howver I'm gonna prepare it for dinner. I just hope to get the same or at least a similar result than this one.

  15. Tasty and Healthy recipe.. Delicious recipe...thanks for sharing.