Mario Batali's Spaghetti with Bottarga Recipe

Mario Batali's Spaghetti with Bottarga Recipe

Read more about Mario Batali's Spaghetti with Bottarga on Serious Eats: New York as part of our series of recipes from famous restaurants in New York City.


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped Italian parsley
  • 6 ounces tuna or mullet bottarga
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons


  1. 1.

    Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot, and add 2 tablespoons salt.

  2. 2.

    In a 10- to 12-inch sauté pan, combine the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic and heat over low heat until just fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. 3.

    Cook the spaghetti until just al dente. Remove 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and set aside. Drain the pasta well, and add to the oil mixture. Add the reserved pasta water and the parsley and toss to mix well over medium heat.

  4. 4.

    Transfer the pasta to a warmed serving bowl. Using a hand-held mandolin or a vegetable peeler, shave the bottarga over the pasta. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and serve immediately.