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Grab a fork and twirl – January 4 is National Spaghetti Day! We caught up with Executive Chef Jacob Glowacki, Marcella’s Denver, to noodle some thoughts about this guest favorite.

While tomato sauce is a popular pick, Chef Glowacki has his favorite sauce pairing for spaghetti. “My favorite sauce would have to be an olive oil and garlic based sauce with some fresh herbs and salt. It may sound like a simple sauce to make, but it’s one of the most technically challenging to execute – if you cook it even one second too long, the garlic will taste bitter.”

We know Marcella’s is famous for its spaghetti and meatball – what’s another beloved spaghetti dish on the menu? “The Carbonara is my favorite dish – hints of garlic, onion and pancetta pack in the flavor.”

Looking to enjoy a lighter dish? “You can cut the amount of pasta with shaved zucchini or butternut squash, and brighten up the sauce with a squeeze of fresh lemon.”

How do you cook the perfect pasta? “The easiest way to cook pasta al dente is to make sure there is plenty of boiling water to give the pasta space to cook – this will also cut a few minutes off the total cooking time. I find it best to finish the pasta in the sauce in which it will be served.”

Don’t let that leftover spaghetti go to waste. “Leftover spaghetti is a very versatile ingredient, I love to use it in a spaghetti pie which is much like a frittata where the spaghetti begins to get a bit crispy around the edges and you can load up with any ingredients you enjoy.”

No matter how you choose to celebrate National Spaghetti Day, we hope that you’ll “ciao down” with us!

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