Spaghetti with Caramelised Orange and Thyme

Prep 20
Cook 15

This is a recipe that has survived from Renaissance Florence and is still cooked today by some of the more traditional Tuscan eateries.

  • 400g spelt spaghetti
  • 1 cup finely-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oranges
  • 1 bunch thyme, finely chopped
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 Cook the spaghetti in a large saucepan of rapidly-boiling salted water according to manufacturer’s instructions until al dente, then drain well and toss with the Parmesan cheese.

2 Finely grate the zest of the oranges and set aside. Cook the butter in a large frying pan until browned, then mix in the zest, thyme and sugar. Cook for 5 minutes, then once the mixture thickens add the juice of 2 oranges, vinegar and cinnamon. Segment the remaining oranges and mix in with the pasta.