Cut Spaghetti and Potatoes Pasta e Patate ___

Cut Spaghetti and Potatoes Pasta e Patate


For the Pasta:

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into a 1/4 inch dice
  • 1.5 pounds Idaho potatoes, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti, broken by hand into 2 inch pieces
  • grated pecorino cheese


  1. Put a small saucepan over a high flame and bring the 3 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Put a large pot over a medium flame and add the oil and onion.
  3. Cook until the onion become translucent, about 5-7 minutes and add the potatoes. Let the potatoes saute` for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the parsley and the crushed tomatoes and let everything cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the boiling water and lower the flame to low. Let everything cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and drop in the broken spaghetti. Cook until al dente and drain.
  7. Add the pasta to the sauce and the potatoes. Mix over a low flame for 1-2 minutes just until the flavors have amalgamated. Serve in warm bowls with a generous sprinkle of Pecorino Romani cheese and black pepper, if desired.