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Berry Tempting: Spaghetti With Strawberries

It's common knowledge that strawberries are a natural addition to crumb cakes, parfaits, and cocktails. Yet I've always wanted to push the berry's boundaries, so this weekend I took the fruit to another level with a savory application.

Spaghetti and strawberries aren't a typical pairing, which is exactly why this recipe, courtesy of Manhattan restaurant Sfoglia, caught my eye. I gave it a try, despite secret fears that the end result would disappoint.

Thankfully, it didn't! Tomatoes, like rhubarb, have an acidity that's on par with strawberries, and a high-quality aged balsamic, which is more sweet than tart, helps to round out the flavors. Curious about the recipe? Then read more.

Spaghetti with Strawberries

Spaghetti with Strawberries

Recipe for Spaghetti with Strawberries 2010-05-11 13:14:58

Ingredients

1 pound good-quality dried spaghetti (like Setaro)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for finishing
1 pound ripe strawberries, cleaned and halved
2 tablespoons good aged (eight-year-old) balsamic vinegar
1 cup San Marzano tomato purée
4 ounces reserved pasta water
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Freshly grated parmesan, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta in rapidly boiling salted water until al dente.
  2. In a large sauté pan, warm the olive oil and half of the strawberries over medium heat. Cook until the strawberries start to release juice. Add balsamic and reduce by half.
  3. Add tomato purée, the rest of the strawberries, and the reserved pasta water, and reduce by half again until the sauce thickens. Season to taste.
  4. Toss with spaghetti. Finish with olive oil and black pepper.

Serves 4.

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