Let’s take four cooks and four ingredients- tomato, extra virgin olive oil, onion, basil – the recipe is simple: tomato sauce. When the water boils, we’ll toss in the spaghetti. Once it is cooked, we will drain it and season it with our sauce. Here are four plates of spaghetti with tomato sauce ready. The safety choice when you don’t know what to cook for lunch or dinner. Their flavor: a certainty. Their preparation: super easy. Four plates of spaghetti with tomato sauce: clear, simple and genuine. But will they be four identical plates of spaghetti with tomato sauce? Impossible. The same ingredients, will they have the same taste? Never.
For the first practice of the Florentine team “Quochi in Brigata“, we start here, from the hardest part of cooking: simplicity. Is it really this easy to prepare a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce? How many facets could a plate so “ordinary” have? “If a customer orders a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce and they like it so much that they decide to order another, you all, in the kitchen, would it be such a problem?- asked Giuseppe Da Prato, coordinator of Quochi in Brigata to his assistants – I would! Try to make it the same as the first one!”.
The message is clear: every chef seasons the dishes that he cooks with a piece of himself, he adjusts the recipe, measures the ingredients, and harmonizes the flavors. Even the most common raw materials require a deep awareness, necessary to intensify the flavors and prepare balanced dishes.
Attending Quochi in Brigata’s practice the question arises: but is it actually possible to prepare a discordant plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce? It seems impossible, but the answer is yes: acidity, sweetness, seasonings, how the tomatoes are cooked, how the ingredients are tossed… there are many factors that contribute to making (simply) a tasty plate of pasta with tomato sauce and it’s not very easy to intensify the pasta’s flavor with a sauce, without one of the ingredients prevailing over the others.
At the end of practice, a certainty: spaghetti with tomato sauce have never been so tangled up, tonight we cook!