Aphrodisiacs are a myth – pasta is the true food of love. This classic sauce requires no introduction and is one of my favourite tomato-based sauces.
It’s simple to relatively inexpensive, using up store cupboard basics. Like most things (in particular Italian food), this dish can be truly special with good quality ingredients. If you can, use big black olives such as Kalamata with the stones still in for two reasons: they are extra delicious and fun to squeeze between two fingers when extracting the stone. Whole plum tomatoes always beat watery chopped tomatoes too in the flavour department so I urge you to start cooking with them if you don’t already.
As for the type of spaghetti you choose, you may already have a favourite; D Cecco and Barilla are my go-to higher quality dries pasta brands as they are reasonably well priced but still excellent. It’s all about the texture when it comes to good quality pasta, cheaper types have a smoother surface which means your sauce slides right off instead of really coating and clinging to each strand. Of course, if your serving a pan of this as a family meal to small children then the extra investment may not be worth it but if you’re serving this for a date night then I’d say go all out!