Spaghetti Gelato

 

That’s right, don’t adjust your glasses or your screens. You read correctly. That says SPAGHETTI GELATO. And to answer your next question, no I’m not crazy {well okay maybe a little LOL} This is a blast from my past that I’m so happy to share with you. Growing up in Italy this was a special treat that we would have at the gelateria {ice cream shoppe}. It was the most glorious creamy vanilla gelato topped with fresh strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings. It does indeed look like spaghetti with tomato sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano,  BUT is in fact gelato.

I made this especially for my bff Christy’s birthday! I can almost feel her covering her eyes now, wondering what I’m about to say about her : ) tee hee you see she’s not quite the social butterfly I am.. She does however have great tastes in DESSERT. This is after all one of her favorite treats on the planet {I can’t even imagine how many pounds of this we consumed in Italy – thank goodness for good metabolisms way back when} Yes we’ve been causing a ruckus together for quite some years now ; ) I knew straight away I needed to make this for her. So we set about locating the “gadget”  to make this treat. And yes, Christy located it first, you see Christy is quite the whiz with a computer {she after all designed this site as well as bella nutella and keeps them running smoothly despite my mess ups behind the scenes ; ) }

So what is this gadget you ask? I would best describe it as a large garlic press. They come in several different price ranges and sizes. I ordered the one for home use that was economically priced ; ) I know I’m going to be putting it to good use. You can find the link and information about the product I used HERE.

I made my vanilla gelato from scratch but if you’re in a pinch you could use a good quality vanilla bean ice cream. AND you could even use a COFFEE gelato/ice cream if you wanted it to look like “whole wheat” spaghetti gelato ; )

And because I couldn’t resist a peek behind the scenes ; ) There is our littlest man “patiently” waiting as he does with every photo shoot for mamma to get her shots so he can then pounce on the plate. Especially when it’s gelato!

Oh, I will also mention that you might want to place your serving plates/bowls in the freezer to chill prior to serving. This way the “spaghetti” won’t melt as quickly  : )

Baci!

Spaghetti Gelato

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries - stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • white chocolate - shaved

What To Do:

  1. Place strawberries and 1/2 teaspoon sugar into blender/food processor. Puree until smooth. Transfer to refrigerator to chill.
  2. Into a large sauce pan add: milk, heavy whipping cream. Once mixture begins to boil remove from heat. Add vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  3. Into your mixer’s bowl add: egg yolks, sugar. Mix until mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. SLOWLY add egg mixture to warm milk mixture. Whisk together to combine as you’re adding egg mixture. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.
  5. Transfer mixture to ice cream maker and make according to machine directions.
  6. Follow directions on spaghetti maker. Place desired amount of spaghetti gelato onto plate. Top with strawberry sauce. Garnish with white chocolate shavings
http://www.bellalimento.com/2011/08/02/spaghetti-gelato/

 

43 Comments

  1. 1
    Christy /

    Yummm!! Thank you for the virtual treat! Now … don’t wear that gizmo out before I get there and we consume mass quantities of the stuff together.

    :)

  2. 2
    Ciaochowlinda /

    This is fantastic. What a fun presentation – and your son is adorably patient. is it possible to use a ricer to make this – similar to what you use to rice potatoes for gnocchi
    ?

  3. 3

    Very cool! Great pics!

  4. 4

    That’s just awesome!

  5. 5

    WOW! So interesting. Very cool :)

  6. 6

    SO cool! My kids would go crazy for spaghetti ice cream!

  7. 7

    SO genius!! Happy bday to Christy :)

  8. 8

    Paula, this looks totally amazing. Your son is adorable! Mine just left yesterday for 5 months in Europe!!!!

  9. 9

    Oh Paula! I am shielding this post from my kids or they will relentlessly bug me to make this. What a cool concept. Like others I will be trying this with my potato ricer. Wow…just wow! Love!

    Heather xoxo

  10. 10
    Missy S. /

    Ciao belli …….. I miss this specific gelato dish the most !!! Okay, so next time we visit, can I pre-send the menu ?!? Love you and miss you tons !!!

  11. 11

    Wow! This is so fun!

  12. 12

    Hahaha! This is adorable! Your tweet totally caught my attention! I could center a whole party adore!

  13. 13

    *around this theme. {Sorry phone commenting}

  14. 14

    OMG, this looks amaaazing. My mouth is watering.

  15. 15

    You are adorably clever, bella! Love this!!!

  16. 16

    I love your interesting idea on this recipe. So unique and sign me up for gelato, any day or texture :D

  17. 17

    What a fun treat! Your pic is cute – looks like my house with my 6 year old waiting for me to be done so he can eat. And posing nicely, incase he gets in a picture!

  18. 18

    I think you can’t find the ice cream spaghetti in gelateria any more, unfortunatly, because they’re the most inviting and delicious way of enjoying your gelato. Thanks for reminding me, I just happen to have some vanilla ice cream left in the freezer, so I guess you know what’s my dessert today.
    That last picture is more than lovely, what a sweet little face.

  19. 19

    This is so creative!

  20. 20

    Oh I love this! I had spaghetti gelato in Vienna a couple of years back and haven’t had it since! Now I just need a spaghetti maker. :/

  21. 21

    Now this is how I like to start my day! Goodness :)
    By the way I need to borrow your littlest, middle and oldest for a few days to come play at the beach. That boy is adorable!

  22. 22

    I simply need to get my ass to Italy. This is SO fun!

  23. 23

    Love it!

  24. 24

    So creative AND delicious!

  25. 25

    How cool is that? You’re so creative and I love the behind the scenes photo. :)

  26. 26

    If ever there was a post title that ingtrigued me… I couldn’t imagine what you whipped up, Paula! But I’m so glad you DID! (Cute little guy, too!) I’m SURE it was worth the wait. :)

  27. 27

    This is so, so cool!

  28. 28

    oh. em. gee. that little guy is THE CUTEST EVAH PAULA – SQUEEEEEE!!! lordy, i could steal him AND the gelato!!

  29. 29

    Ha, cool. I love it!

  30. 30

    Paula, this is so creative & FUN!!!! Love this idea for gelato.

  31. 31

    Love it!!! I sense a future April Fool’s joke dinner!

  32. 32

    As was wholeheartedly revealed at BSP2 — You are a crack up! Hilariousness! When I made the black bottom banana cream pie for pie party I was too hot to pipe the whipped cream on “Properly.” So I squeezed it through a round piping bag and it looked like toothpaste — the BF’s daughter, who is ten, said, “You have to smooth it out!”. NO WAY. It made me laugh like your spaghetti gelato just did.

    http://www.jackiegordon.com/index.php/blog/the_diva_that_made_black_bottom_banana_cream_pie/

  33. 33

    What a fun and creative idea! Looks fantastic :)

  34. 34

    ohhh my goodness what an andorble/cool idea!

  35. 35

    I want that for my birthday too! You are a talent my friend. I would have never thought of making a “spaghetti” off of gelato. But you did it and that’s because you are totally awesome :-)

  36. 36

    This is so great!! I would take THAT bowl of spaghetti any day :)

  37. 37

    Our kids starting begging for me to make it immediately, and then they got out our photos from our trip to Italy when they were little. Thanks for the post and bringing back some great memories!

  38. 38
  39. 39

    Super fun gelato! Tuo figlio e’ stupendo:)

  40. 40

    What fun! Paula, you are so creative. :)

  41. 41

    I love this, Paula!

  42. 42
    Annie /

    I used to always get Spaghetti ice cream in Germany! My mouth is watering at this…

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