#AcquiredTaste: Chef Sara Aqel of Fi’lia Takes on Gigi Hadid Pasta

#AcquiredTaste: Chef Sara Aqel of Fi’lia Takes on Gigi Hadid Pasta
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Welcome to Acquired Taste, the most recent series to be added to our SF Originals line-up, where we bring prominent, Dubai-based, celebrity Chefs into the kitchen to spice things up with a little fun. We blindfold them, we make them taste a viral TikTok recipe, and then we watch as they recreate the trend with their own personality and style.

 

@the_pastaqueen Gigi Hadid’s Spicy Vodka Pasta, Do you like it? #spicy #vodka #pasta ♬ original sound – The Pasta Queen

This week’s recipe is Gigi Hadid’s famous pasta, which went viral on TikTok after the supermodel posted it to her Instagram stories. Joining us in the kitchen is Palestinian-Jordanian Executive Chef Sara Aqel of Fi’lia who takes the viral recipe and reminds us all that Hadid may dominate on the catwalks, but when it comes to the kitchen, she reigns supreme. No wonder Michelin recently awarded Fi’lia its prestigious Bib Gourmand in the first-ever Dubai edition. 

Chef Sara’s recipe is quick, easy, healthy, and simply divine. Aqel also divulges some secrets of the trade that have come in handy for us on quite a few occasions. Plus, her genuine love of food is charming and her laugh is absolutely infectious. Check out our latest episode, try her recipe at home, and discover why we don’t eat our pasta with cream anymore.

Tag #AcquiredTaste and @SavoirFlair on social media so we can see how yours turned out.

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Photo: Courtesy of @chef_sara.aqel
Chef Sara's Spaghetti Pomodoro
Chef Sara's Spaghetti Pomodoro
Makes 4 servings 5-10 minutes
Chef Sara's Spaghetti Pomodoro
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    • Spaghetti Noodles
    • 500g of Cherry (or Candy) Tomatoes
    • Fresh Basil
    • 2-3 cloves of Chopped Garlic
    • Salt
    • Black Pepper
    • Olive Oil
    • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Step 1

    Add 500g of cherry tomatoes to heated olive oil.

  • Step 2

    Add salt to taste.

  • Step 3

    Add 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic.

  • Step 4

    Add a few fresh basil leaves.

  • Step 5

    While the sauce simmers, boil the spaghetti.

  • Step 6

    Blend the tomatoes.

  • Step 7

    (Optional) Use a fine sieve to remove the chunky bits of tomato from the sauce.

  • Step 8

    Remove spaghetti and add to sauce.

  • Step 9

    Add black pepper to taste and mix.

  • Step 10

    Use tongs to roll your pasta into a ladle and place on plate.

  • Step 11

    Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

  • Step 12

    Add a cherry tomato to the top and garnish with a few leaves of fresh basil.

    Step 12
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