Spaghetti with Tomato and Bay Leaves

Spaghetti al Pomodoro e Alloro

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Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta

Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta

By Giuliano Hazan

Published 2009

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The addition of bay leaves gives this basic tomato sauce a distinctive herbal flavor. Both butter and olive oil are used here, which is unusual. The flavor of bay leaves goes well with olive oil, while the butter makes the sauce mellower.


  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons


  1. Fill a pot for the pasta with about 6 quarts of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil.
  2. Peel the onion and slice thinly crosswise. Put it with the olive oil and butter in a 12-inch skillet. Place over medium-high heat, season lightly with salt, and sauté until the onion turns a rich golden color, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. While the onion is sautéing,