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Audrey Hepburn’s Favorite Junk Food Was a Surprising Pasta Recipe

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Anyone who’s a serious fan of Audrey Hepburn knows that the legendary actress loved pasta. Her youngest son, Luca Dotti, has often spoken of his mom’s pasta addiction, which is always a bit surprising when you consider the star’s slender frame. While Audrey Hepburn typically opted for spaghetti with tomato sauce, she also had a “junk food” pasta recipe in her repertoire — and Dotti remembers it well. 

In Luca Dotti’s biography Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen ($22.56, Amazon), he incorporates personal memories and photos of his beloved mother with some of her favorite recipes to cook at home. One of the most eye-catching meals? Audrey Hepburn’s go-to junk food: Pasta with ketchup. “It sounds terrible, but actually it’s pretty good!” Dotti told the Associated Press. “We ate it when it was just the two of us, in front of the TV.”

It’s worth mentioning that Audrey Hepburn did not completely slather her pasta with ketchup, in case you’re wondering. The penne dish only called for a “splash” of the condiment, along with other simple ingredients like extra virgin olive oil and Emmentaler cheese. It’s also worth keeping in mind that she didn’t eat this meal in front of a whole lot of people, either. Instead, as Dotti told People magazine, she made this home recipe for the two of them “when no one was around.”

While it might be hard to imagine the glamorous actress sitting in front of the TV eating any type of junk food — much less pasta with ketchup, of all things — it’s important to remember that the Hollywood darling was also a doting mother. And as any mom knows, it can be quite a joy to indulge in some child-friendly meals with the kiddos from time to time. This is especially true after a busy day of work or running tons of errands. (What parent hasn’t snuck a bite of some mac and cheese or a hot dog at the dinner table?) 

Nothing wrong with adding an unexpected twist to your meal, we always say!

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