Maccheroni ai Sette Odori

Maccheroni with Seven Flavours


Preparation info

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Appears in

The Italian Regional Cookbook

The Italian Regional Cookbook

By Valentina Harris

Published 2017

  • About

This is the most famous dish from the lovely village of Positano. Few things are more inspiring and beautiful than the views from the top of the cliff there, or the incredible winding road that takes you out of the chaos of Naples into the bright sunlight and greenery of the coastline. The sauce for this dish is best made the day before, although you can also make it about 3 hours in advance. Ripe, soft and fresh tomatoes are essential to accompany the seven flavours of garlic, olive oil, basil, parsley, oregano, onion and celery. In Campania, maccheroni is often a generic term for pasta, so you can use any other pasta shape for this dish. As the sauce is served cold, the dish will be lukewarm.


  • 600 g/1 lb 5 oz ripe tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 45 ml/3 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, torn into small shreds
  • 30 ml/2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 ml/1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, very finely chopped
  • 400 g/14 oz maccheroni
  • salt and ground black pepper


  1. Plunge the tomatoes into boiling water for 30 seconds, then refresh in cold water. Peel away the skins. Cut in half and remove the seeds. Quarter and place in a colander, set over a bowl, to drain for 30 minutes.

  2. When the tomatoes are drained, discard their juice and transfer them to a bowl. Add the garlic, olive oil, basil, parsley, oregano, onion and celery, and stir carefully into the tomatoes.

  3. Season with salt and pepper, and leave to stand overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  4. When you are ready to serve, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Add the maccheroni and stir. Return to the boil and cook for 8 minutes or according to the pack instructions until al dente.
  5. Drain and return to the pan. Pour over the sauce and stir together. Serve immediately.