Chefs are the star of the hit Hulu show that has been commissioned for a second season, but the food plays a supporting role. Of all the dishes that appear in The Bear, this take on the classic spaghetti al pomodoro is the one that has struck a chord and gone viral.
The beauty of this dish lies in its simplicity, and that’s why it’s such an enduring classic of Italian cuisine. Simplicity is the essence of Italian food, with an emphasis on the quality of ingredients above all else. But just because a dish is simple, that doesn’t mean it can’t be complex, nuanced and delicious.
Every Italian will give you a slightly different variant of this recipe for spaghetti al pomodoro, but the one from The Bear uses a whole onion sliced in half, which is placed in butter to form a base for the tomato sauce. The tomatoes are tinned Italian San Marzano tomatoes that are mashed and simmered.
There are no specific indications for the pasta - any high-quality Italian dried spaghetti will do for serving this - but why not make your own spaghetti? It’s very easy to do and will cook in a fraction of the time, saving you energy too.