Simple Spaghetti Recipes: Sweet Basil and Chilli Spaghetti, when East meets West
I will start by saying that being Italian I grew up eating literally tons of Spaghetti or any kind of Pasta you can think, of, and I loved it. I love it today and always will. Then when I was 18 I moved to Thailand and spent over ten years of my life living in this beautiful country and falling in love with the food, the smells, the people, everything! This recipe is my intent of creating a fusion of Eastern and Western Cuisine: a super simple spaghetti recipes, where the ingredients I loved and remind me of my childhood are blended with what I loved of my Asian life; that’s How the Sweet Basil and Chilli Spaghetti recipe came about.
I hope you will like, it, I know it might not be everyone “cup of tea” but if you like spicy food and a sweet touch of delicate basil, then this might actually be the dish for you.
Sweet Basil and Chilli Spaghetti
Now for many of you that might have traveled to Thailand or any Asian country, you will probably know one of the main ingredients of these places are the chilies, the small, red spicy, super hot little plant that add so much flavour to many of the Asian Dishes.
One of the most popular dishes you can find in every corner of Thailand is the Chicken with sweet basil and chilli.
In my Pre Vegan Era, I ate so much of it, is not even funny; I used to love it especially with a nice plate of basmati rice next to it.
Becoming Vegan push me to set aside some of the food I used to love, but it didn’t stop me from becoming a bit more creative and try to fuse together two countries, two traditions in one single dish and a dish that would be Vegan!
So meet my Sweet Basil and Chilli Spaghetti: Cheap, quick and super easy to do! What else can you ask from a recipe?
Ingredients: serving 4 people
- 1 kg of spaghetti (I like number 5 as a size)
- 1 box of tomatoes cherry, approximately 15 to 20 small cherry tomatoes in the box
- 2 garlic cloves peeled
- 1 tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 handful of Sweet basil (is not so easy to find sweet basil, usually Asian stores will have it, if not you can replace it with normal Basil but the Sweet one is much better)
- 5 small red chilies (I buy them frozen and I find them really good and easy to work with)
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
First of all, take a big pot and fill it up with water, bring it to boil and salt it to taste. This will be the water for the spaghetti. Once the water is boiling put the spaghetti in and cook it for about 8 /9 minutes till they get “al dente”.
In the same time while the spaghetti is getting ready let’s prepare the sauce.
Wash the tomatoes, the basil, the chilies.
Chopped the cherry tomatoes in small pieces, almost an inch each, and set aside.
Peel the garlic, chopped as well in very tiny pieces, almost like grains.
Take the red chilies and cut them in mini rings, also very small in dimensions. pay attention when you cutting the chilies not to put your hands near your face especially eyes, and rinse well your hand once you have finished cutting them.
Take a medium-size frying pan and put the olive oil to heat up, once hot, take the garlic and drop it in the frying pan, lower the heat to medium making sure the garlic doesn’t burn.
Once it begins to take some color, take the tomatoes and chilies and drop them in the frying pan. Add the soy sauce and pepper to your taste.
Let it cook on medium heat and keep stirring the tomatoes until the skins become soft and they start to break. Once they appear to be half cooked, add the basil that you will have previously chopped ( doesn’t have to be too small, I like some of the leaves to be whole) and put the basil in the mixture.
Lower the heat and continue stirring for maybe half a minute. You don’t want to cook it too much.
By now you should definitely have a strong aroma all around the kitchen, it’s the fusion of the chilies with the basil.
All is left to do is to take the Spaghetti and put them in the frying pan just for a minute mixing them well and allowing all the ingredients to penetrate the pasta leaving a delicate pink reddish color to it.
And serve! Now just talking about it it makes me hungry, I don’t know about you.
This is not a dish for everyone, as it can be really spicy, but for all of you out there that like the hot cuisine I hope you will enjoy it.