Pasta Alle Cinque Pi

We spent last Sunday in Basel visiting friends Doris and Patrick.   We hung out with them and went for a visit to the Basel Zoo.  I love Basel.  A very friendly, international city.

Doris cooked us spaghetti with two different sauces.  One was this beautiful vegetarian sauce called ‘Cinque Pi’.   I forget that there are millions of sauces that go with Spaghetti apart from the traditional Bolognese.

The name Cinque Pi refers to the 5 (5 in Italian is cinque) most important ingredients in this sauce.  They all start with the letter p (in Italian of course!):

  1. panna (cream)
  2. purea di pomodoro (tomato puree)
  3. prezzemolo (parsley)
  4. parmigiano (parmesan)
  5. pepe (pepper).

This pasta dish which originates from Italy is very popular in Switzerland.

Here is the recipe:

300ml cream ——> bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes
3 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan
3 tablespoons tomato püree
bunch of chopped parsley
pepper
nutmeg
salt to taste

Add remaining ingredients to the cream and cook for another 5 minutes

Serve with spaghetti – can mix it in advance or just let everyone takes as much as they like – and a green salad. Delicious!

(Can also make a healthier option with added vegies such as carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, onion and tomato paste and light sour cream).

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