It’s Sam’s birthday and she asked for spaghetti. I would have wanted to prepare something really special and a bit more elaborate but, alas, a storm raged all day and access to everything was limited. Worse, for a few hours this morning, the tap went dry. When water service resumed a little before noon, I cooked in a frenzy trying to finish as many dishes as I could. I managed to whip up a vegan spaghetti dish for Sam with a non-vegetarian version (with diced bacon) for everyone else.
The flavors and texture of this pasta dish rely heavily on the chopped vegetables which need to cook slowly in olive oil with the herbs and spices. The tomatoes were intentionally cut larger than the other vegetables to contrast with the smoothness of the sauce. »