Spaghetti all'Assassina



Rest assured, Spaghetti all'Assassina, literally "killer spaghetti" is not inspired by classic horror films! It's a first course that has recently become part of the Bari tradition, as well as a tasty way to use leftover sauce. The meaning of its name is not clear, but what is certain is that its taste has won everyone over: thanks to the cooking of spaghetti directly in the pan, you will achieve a crunchy and flavorful texture particularly appreciated by those who love a crunchy crust! An easy and quick recipe also ideal for using up leftover pasta, perhaps as an alternative to the more classic spaghetti omelette. Prepare the spaghetti all'assassina, an alternative version of the classic spaghetti with tomato, for a dinner out of the ordinary... and if another evening you should have leftover risotto, all you have to do is try the riso al salto (stir-fried rice) recipe!

Here are other ideas for your tantalizing pasta dishes:

Spaghetti 0.7 lb (320 g)
Tomato sauce 1 cup (300 g)
Garlic 1 clove
Dried chili pepper 1
Extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp (25 g)
Water to taste
Basil to taste

How to prepare Spaghetti all'Assassina

To prepare the spaghetti all'assassina start by heating the leftover sauce in a small pot, prepared with a sauté of onion and tomato puree cooked for 30-40 minutes. Meanwhile, in another pan, fry a clove of garlic with a drizzle of oil 1. Then add the spaghetti 2 and immediately moisten with hot water 3.

Stir for a moment to soften the pasta 4 and then pour a ladle of the heated sauce 5. Crumble a dried chili pepper 6

and continue to moisten the pasta with hot water as if you wanted to risotto it 7. At the end of cooking, remove the garlic 8 and plunge the remaining part of the sauce 9.

As needed, adjust the salt and finish cooking by raising the temperature, letting the bottom char 10 to make the pasta crunchy and golden 11. Here are your killer spaghetti ready, serve them piping hot, garnishing as you like with fresh basil 12.

How to store

It is recommended to consume the spaghetti all'assassina immediately.


Use an iron pan to ensure an optimal result!