Friday, February 19, 2010

David Rocco's Drunken Pasta (Spaghetti Ubriachi)

I must have been a very good girl all of 2009, because for Christmas, I won not one but two cookbooks - one from Clare's blog (Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé), the other from Catherine's blog (David Rocco's Dolce Vita).

I guess I was in Santa's good books (pun intended).



While I have not gone about making anything from Pierre Hermés' book (some day when I overcome my fear of making French desserts, I will ... I promise you, Clare), I have already made something from David Rocco's. I'm always more comfortable cooking than baking.



Dolce Vita is a beautiful book, filled with lots of drool-worthy, gorgeous photos of David food.



My heart skipped a beat at the HUNKS of fish. The BEEFY stew. The SMOOTH panna cotta. The RED HOT peppers. The STEAMY soups.



Mamma mia! Yes, I really can't stop gawking at David the food.

Well, today my friends, I made the first pasta dish of 2010 - Drunken Pasta. It caught my eye with its regal red colour. Quite a feat, considering there are so many other tantalising photos of David the food.

Like all his recipes, this was very simple and straightforward. The pasta gets its lovely scarlet hue from red wine, so make sure you have a good bottle on hand.

BUT, would I make this again? No, I don't think so. As much as I enjoyed colouring my food, I wasn't wild about the taste. I still like my pasta eggy and cheesy, thank you very much. Now, excuse me while I go back to gawking reading.



Recipe
(from David Rocco's Dolce Vita)
Serves 4

- 500g spaghetti
- 4 to 5 cups red wine (David recommended using Chianti, but all I had was a Merlot, so I used that)
- 4 tbsp EVOO
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 anchovies, finely chopped (I didn't have this and it was stated in the book that the addition of anchovies was an adaptation on the part of David)
- Chili pepper flakes, as much as you like
- 1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup (50ml) freshly grated pecorino cheese (I used flakes instead)

1. Boil some water and cook your pasta for about 2 mins. Drain well.

2. In a second large pasta pot, put your wine on to boil.

3. In a frying pan, heat up the olive oil. Add the garlic, anchovies and chili pepper flakes and cook on medium until the anchovies melt into the oil and the garlic is brown. Set aside.

4. Now add your pasta to the boiling wine, give it a god stir and finish cooking the pasta until al dente, another 6 or 7 minutes.

5. When the pasta is ready, the wine will have infused the spaghetti, giving it a gorgeous ruby red colour. Don't worry about the wine being too strong for the sauce. The alcohol will burn off and leave a sweet delicate taste. Drain spaghetti from the wine, toss in the frying pan with the garlic-anchovy sauce, and finish cooking for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat sprinkle with a bit of parsley and some grated pecorino.

57 comments:

  1. Ju,
    As much as I like the look of the dish, 5 to 6 cups of red wine is quite a bit to go down the sink later :(
    The photos of himself is distracting from the main thing food! haha

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  2. Wow look at the color of that pasta! Looks awesome!

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  3. Ahahahahaha..... I don't think any blog cracks me up as much as yours Ju.
    Great job communicating your overwhelming err.. appetite =D

    Quite aside from your enjoyment level, I must say the pasta looks very very preeeettyyy...

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  4. Ju, this is really interesting! I think it is really clever to boil pasta in red wine instead of water... and you made me laugh with all the striked out Davids...:D

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  5. I LIKE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Hi everyone! I'm glad you like the pasta (ahem!) as much I do. :)

    3HungryTummies: I KNOW!! But I have so much wine (gifts from people) and no one at home drinks. So might as well use to cook. ;)

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  7. wow double win, congrats!! David Rocco certainly looks "dishy" in the photospread, haha. love the red hue of the pasta.

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  8. Charming David... : )

    I can't stop looking.....at him and the dish!


    : O

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  9. I love that red! Reminds me of red velvet cake =) but 405 cups of wine?! hm...

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  10. Wow, I haven't seen any pasta in red, such beautiful and attractive, very sexy :)

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  11. LOL Ju eyes back to the food! ;) What a gorgeous spaghetti and perfect for Valentines Day! :D

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  12. What a gorgeous color! But I agree, that's a lot of wine to throw out. And if the flavor isn't as good as we might wish...well, we know that looks aren't everything. We'll put this down to experience. My momma told me there'd be guys--I mean dishes-- like this.

    Ju, you're TOO FUNNY!

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  13. Oh my, look at that man. I mean pasta. Lol! I love that... this write up is so funny! The pasta looks fantastic too :p Congratulations on winning two books!

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  14. The colour looks quite sexy...exotic even....but I would love to make pasta with carrot or tomato juice...the colour might not be that bright and sensational, but definitely tasty!

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  15. Ladies, ladies! Oh behave! ;)

    Angie: You spoke my mind. I am thinking of experimenting with beet juice! :)

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  16. I have seen him make this dish on TV and a few other chefs too..I am sending your post to Jacques..he enjoys David(I do too:) )But I think he does even more..it's his show:)

    I loved your review of ----DAVID---- The book..yikes I can't do what you did w/ the lines..

    Your photos are smashing ! I wish you would have loved it!

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  17. Gee Ju, I love the way you describe David. I mean the spaghetti. He look so good. Oops, I mean the spaghetti colour is so exotic! Thanks for sharing his pictures. Oops, I mean the recipe for this spaghetti, simple ingredients but yet so good.
    Now I know why this was your priority in cooking compared to Pierre Herme's desserts! Hahahaha... Steady girl, steady girl! ;)

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  18. What a hilarious post! David Rocco is QUITE a dish! I'd buy the pictorial (I mean cookbook) in an artichokeheartbeat! ~ CUG

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  19. I totally agree with the gawking, no wait, I meant...reading part. :) And yes to cheesy pasta! I'm used to my pasta being comfort food, so this healthy version is not exactly high on my list! Cant wait for you to tell us more about David, no, the book!

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  20. oooohhhhhh lala....that looks red hot Ju!

    oh ...btw.. nice spaghetti

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  21. when will i get to be your guiena pig? :D

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  22. Interesting! The pasta looks delishly red hot!! The hunk, too ... Bah ...

    Nowadays, I find many celebrity chefs tend to be on the charming side ... including Pierre Herme, he's so round and cute ... exactly like me ... LOL!

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  23. Ju....
    This looks hot...hot...hot...
    Your pic is fabulous...

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  24. ha! i can't stop gawking at david either! :)

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  25. David (I mean the recipe) sounds interesting! I have quite a lot of red wine left over from last night. Was thinking of getting lemonade to make sangria, but i think ruby red pasta sounds more interesting! Sangria can wait! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I love this idea. I often have several bottles of wine that never gets finished, this seems like a great recipe!

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  27. Ha! I have been laughing at your post and the comments, everyone has said exactly what I was thinking! Enjoy that book!

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  28. mmmm, once I saw David going up an escalator and he gave me the most beautiful smile...

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  29. JU!!!! You are so funny! David ... oops I mean the food looks delicious! ... well both actually! hehe... now can't wait to see you try a Pierre Herme dessert!

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  30. Bravissima Ju sei bravissima nel preparare piatti italiani. ti auguro buon fine settimana e ti invio un caloroso abbraccio, Daniela.

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  31. It looks stunning and I think I would enjoy it...........and we're together in our fear of french desserts and their super posh sounding names. Though to be honest...I've slowly started conquering. To the extent I have a French Conquests category on KB!

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  32. i do not understand the success of this guy ...
    Pierre the other guy in Europe who can cook !! PIerre

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  33. The pasta looks so pretty in red. It'll be such a shame to waste a good bottle of wine just to get the red colour. Can use beetroot juice - that will do the trick too. ;)

    I rather gawk at David though ... can't pass a delicious man who can cook. ;)

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  34. Looks delicious!
    I will certainly have to try it :)
    Saw it on Refrigerator Soup just a few spot below my cookie that made it on their!

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  35. oh wow he is cute!! and the pasta is amazing what a color, love your take on the flowers so wise LOL Rebecca

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  36. I was gazing at the photos, and also the color of the spaghetti. They are all ATTRACTIVE, I assure ya! ;)

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  37. Oh yes, that pasta is really CUTE. I think it's best eaten while HOT. Very very HOT. lol!!!

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  38. Hi Ju!! :)

    I love the color of the pasta..I think I'll give this recipe a "taste-drive" by halving the recipe and see if my family will like it :)

    btw..rocco is really a hunk of a chef..I used to feel that way with Tyler Florence :)

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  39. wow, that is one adorable chef... and great pasta... what color.. beautiful job.

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  40. I don't know, he looks a bit too metrosexual for my tastes :P Just pass over the spaghetti my way, please! :D

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  41. congrats on winning the books & gong xi fa cai! no doubt david rocco is simply sexy...esp when he's cooking! *slurpppp*

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  42. This pasta is so gorgeous it's almost one of those "who cares what it tastes like, what a magnificent presentation" dishes!

    I'm making this one for sure. What a fun dish to serve and I can't wait to hear what my husband has to say about red pasta!

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  43. I was thinking..why did the book have photos of the guy and not the food...hahahha!

    The spag must be so good to slurped on *getting drunk*

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  44. WOW just look so clear and awesome . . .. . sant sant just missed me, so no sant cook books! :)

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  45. congratulation !!! today I learn something new!! cook pasta in red wine!! I wonder how it's taste? But I still like the red color paste,bet it's must taste like wine and good!! no need to pairing with red wine anymore!! hahaha!!

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  46. Haha, I think you wouldn't mind if the book is full of his pictures and no recipes.

    The spaghetti looks extra red... from the .. nose bleed? hehe

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  47. omg yum! love red wine. awesome with western food.
    especially braised with beef!
    this dish is a first for me! havent seen such an intriguing colour for a pasta.
    i'm sure it tastes awesome :)

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  48. love the MADness about Rocco and the RED-ness of the pasta! very intriguing.
    glad to have stumbled into your site.. m lovin' it!

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  49. Wow, what a kinky recipe you got there...

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  50. That's a gorgeous looking and unique pasta! And a gorgeous book too!

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  51. i'm the total opposite - i love to bake but not so good @ cooking.

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  52. Oh my! That man, I mean pasta, looks delicious. I have always wanted to try this drunken pasta. Thank you for the recipe and the photos (man + pasta!)

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  53. it looks pretty (the book), he looks pretty (the cookbook author) and it ALSO looks pretty (the dish!). it almost looks pink - i love it!

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  54. I wonder if I will be looking more at David or the food porn more if I have a cookbook of his too@

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  55. Ju..guess what we bought today? Yes the David Rocco Book..Jacques said:"It's my birthday soon":) I said do you want it?

    So it's here now..:) Thanks..aren't the photos beautiful?:)Almost as nice as yours.

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  56. very light & easy cooking. Is he a chef?
    Seems more like a lover!

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