04 December 2009

Crowd Pleasing Easy Food: Ever Made Spaghetti in Foil?

From Denny: This is such an unusual idea - and - easy! What a spectacularly simple way to create a lot of inexpensive gourmet food for a crowd. I can just see this cooking over a tail-gating fire at a local football game. Oh, the wonderful smells... :)

Here's the video link as The Today Show is doing a special holiday guide of particular videos that are not available for embedding and this happens to be one of them: Spaghetti in Foil.

Spaghetti al cartoccio (spaghetti in foil)

Chef Rino Aprea, Areo Restaurant

Serves: 4


• 2 tablespoons lightly salted butter
• 1 minced clove garlic
• 5 ounces heavy cream
• 6 ounces tomato sauce
• 40 pieces of shrimp (small to medium)
• 3 slices proscuitto, chopped
• 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
• 2 ounces cognac
• 1 pound spaghetti
• Pinch salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil 8 quarts water.

While water comes to a boil, melt butter in a saute pan. Add minced garlic and cook two minutes. Add heavy cream, salt, pepper, tomato sauce. Cook for four minutes on high flame.

Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook for eight minutes. Drain pasta and add to sauce.

Add shrimps, proscuitto, cognac and Parmesan cheese. Stir and cook for two minutes on high flame. Remove from heat and put pasta in a bowl lined with aluminum foil. Seal foil in the shape of a Hershey’s Kiss. Put in preheated oven for two minutes.

Remove and serve immediately.

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