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I very rarely cook pasta for myself because I am permanently on a diet. Still, I can’t resist making myself a bowl whenever I have bottarga in my fridge. And recently, I got some in Istanbul, but then I forgot it in my mother’s refrigerator in Lebanon — I went to visit her before returning to London. Luckily, I went back to Beirut a month later and this time, I made sure to recuperate my bottarga. Because it was waxed, it was still fine. So, today I decided to hell with the diet and I made myself a big bowl of pasta con bottarga. I had no spaghetti, so, made do with penne which is not ideal. Still good though. Very simple and very quick. All I did was peel the bottarga and slice it. The slices should really be thinner but I thought the penne needed thicker slices.

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Then I boiled the pasta (adding plenty of salt to the water so that I didn’t need to salt it afterward) until al dente (I always do one minute less than the packet says), tossed it with a generous amount of olive oil (back on the diet tomorrow), added the bottarga, tossed a little more and enjoyed. A perfect, fast lunch.

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    So funny Anissa, I almost never cook pasta either because of the whole “permanent diet” thing too! As for bottarga, I’ve never had any (I don’t think) but one of the food blogs I belong to has been talking about it for the past week or so. So I guess I will have to go and buy myself some and cook a big bowl of spaghetti con bottarga for lunch sometime soon. Back on the diet the very next day of course! 🙂


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    i guess the discussions also included bottarga di mugine vs bottarga di tonno. i really don’t like the tuna one. let me know how you like it. x


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    Sa7tayn. There’s a great Italian restaurant in Beirut, Da Giovanni, that does a lovely pasta with bottarga. Highly recommended.


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    ‘ala albaq. i have been but only to speak to the chef-owner. haven’t tasted the food yet. will do when i am next there. thanks for the recommendation.


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    What for an idea!
    I can easily buy botarga and love it and! my dieting consists in always trying to get as much weight as possible. So, from all`points of view this is my recipe! Thanks for suggesting it to us all!
    Endless love and hugs,
    Alicia


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    hey alicia, how lovely to know that you like the recipe, and that you read my blog. you definitely need to put on weight but to be truthful, i wish i were like you. can’t wait to see you in september. are you coming before, or staying on after? endless love and hugs to you too. xx

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