Pasta e patate/Cut spaghetti with Sautéed potatoes with a mild tomato sauce


La cucina povera is an Italian phrase that means “cooking of the poor,” or “peasant cooking.” This often refers to a now-fashionable mode of Italian cooking, popularized by Mario Batali and usually involving entrails, in some fashion.

On a deeper level it reflects a necessary philosophy that is common in all cultures: making do with what you’ve got to transform humble ingredients into dishes that are more than the sum of their parts.


In this dish we are mixing two carbs together – Pasta and potatoes!! This dish from Naples, Italy has the true spirit on cucina povera. The idea is to use leftovers of Pasta. (The broken ones in the bottom of the packet) and the poor man’s vegetable – the potato.

We can use cut Spaghetti instead of the broken pasta. In this recipe I have used cut spaghetti instead of pasta



100 grams

Better if we have leftover pasta from the bottom of the packet.



One tea spoon




2 cups


Olive oil


½ tea spoon

  1. Break the spaghetti into inch pieces
  2. In a pot, add the water, cut spaghetti and olive oil.
  3. Boil for around 10 minutes.
  4. Keep the pot aside.



2 to 3 medium




2 glass

  1. Peel the potatoes.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add two glasses of water and the potatoes.
  3. Give two whistles and let the cooker cool down.
  4. After cooling down, chop the potatoes into cubes.
  5. Keep Aside.

Olive oil


2 table spoon




One medium

Finely chopped



One big

Finely chopped. Best would be to use 3 to 4 table spoon of tomato puree.

Coriander Leaves

Dhaniya Patta

¼ cup

Finely chopped



1 glass




1 cube

Grated or finely chopped

Black Pepper Powder


¼ tea spoon

  1. In a kadai, add the Olive Oil and the chopped onion
  2. Sautees the onions for around 2 minutes till they are quite soft and translucent.
  3. Add the potatoes and sautee for around 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato and Dhaniya Patta
  5. Add the boiling water and simmer on flame
  6. Add the cooked spaghetti and toss well
  7. Serve and sprinkle with the grated cheese and black pepper powder.


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