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Spaghetti Bottarga


  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup coarsely ground breadcrumbs (from a baguette ground in a food processor)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound bucatini or any fresh pasta (I like using fresh home made pasta)
  • 4 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated bottarga, plus more ungrated for garnish (about 3 ounces total)
  • 3 tablespoons very coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil and the butter in a skillet over medium heat until butter foams. Add breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta, and cook until al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Squeeze pulp from skins of roasted garlic into skillet, and add sliced garlic. Cook 2 minutes. Using tongs, transfer pasta directly from boiling water to skillet. Toss to coat. Add 2 tablespoons grated bottarga, the parsley, and half the breadcrumbs, and toss. Transfer to a platter. Season with salt.
  4. Sprinkle pasta with remaining breadcrumbs. Grate a generous amount of bottarga on top. I also slice the remaining bottarga and place on top.
  5. Serve.

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Born in Russia and raised in NYC, I moved to Paris to pursue my gastronomic dreams as well as to meet the city’s most renowned chefs.