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Spaghetti of the poor man

Spaghetti of the poor man

Spaghetti del poverello are a quick first course to prepare which takes the time it takes to cook the pasta, but it is really rich in flavour!

Spaghetti del poverello are a typical dish of traditional Neapolitan cuisine. The history of spaghetti del poverello or alla poverello, if you prefer, dates back to post-war times when you had to make do with little. At that time, in fact, it was difficult to find many ingredients in the city or they were prohibitively expensive, and for this reason families who had little economic means had to feed themselves with what little they had available. The poor spaghetti were born in this particular historical period.

This traditional recipe is useful to make when you have few ingredients at home and the pantry is almost empty or when you are running out of time to have lunch or dinner. This recipe with egg, thanks to its goodness will be able to satisfy everyone's tastes , even the most demanding palates. The original recipe called for the eggs to be fried in lard, if you prefer you can do it this way but the dish will be a bit heavy. If you want to make spaghetti del poverello lighter , instead, use extra virgin olive oil. Let's see, then, how to prepare this quick and easy recipe in a few simple steps.

Spaghetti of the poor man
Spaghetti of the poor man

Preparing the recipe for spaghetti del poverello

  1. The first thing to do is to fill a pot with plenty of water, cover it with a lid and put it to boil , raising the heat to the maximum.
  2. As soon as the water has boiled, add salt and add the spaghetti to cook.
  3. While the spaghetti is cooking, dedicate yourself to preparing the sauce. Equip yourself with a pan large enough to cook the eggs and heat at least 5 or 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil . Abundant with the oil as it will be the dressing of your dish.
  4. Break the eggs and cook them for a few minutes. The egg white should be cooked , but the yolk should remain soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. With the help of a spatula, separate the eggs and arrange them on a tray or plate without overlapping them.
  6. Drain the spaghetti al dente and throw them directly into the pan with the oil. Add a little cooking water and the grated cheese. Mix and impact.
  7. On each plate place an egg . Before enjoying them, break the yolk with a fork so that it mixes with the spaghetti and enjoy your meal!


Spaghetti del poverello are excellent to be enjoyed at the moment, but if you have leftovers you can keep them in an airtight container placed in the refrigerator for 1 day .

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