A deceptively simple recipe hailing from southern Italy, Pasta con le Sarde is at its core a pantry favorite. As undemanding a dish as one is likely to find, the uncomplicated combination of hot pasta, olive oil, garlic, anchovies, and tinned sardines encompasses the flavor of Sicily.
Author: East After Noon
Angel Hair Pasta
, peeled, finely chopped
or 2 tsp Dried Oregano
Red Wine Vinegar
Sardines in Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Coarse Sea Salt
Coarse Black Pepper
Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley
, roughly chopped
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Add a glug of
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (as needed)
to a large saucepan and fry the
Yellow Onion (1)
over medium to low heat until soft and translucent.
Add in the
Anchovy Fillets (6)
Black Olives (1 1/2 cups)
Capers (1/3 cup)
and cook gently for a few minutes.
Deglaze the pan with the
Red Wine Vinegar (1 Tbsp)
. Season the mixture with pepper then add the
Diced Tomatoes (1 can)
Cherry Tomatoes (1 can)
. Stir through the
Tomato Paste (1 can)
and add in the
Garlic (4 cloves)
Fresh Oregano (4 sprigs)
from the stalks and add to the sauce. Pour in the
Grappa (1 1/2 Tbsp)
or vodka and season with
Coarse Sea Salt (to taste)
Coarse Black Pepper (to taste)
. Leave the sauce on a very low heat to simmer and thicken slightly.
Remove the sauce from the heat and very gently stir through the
Sardines in Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (7 oz)
, retaining the oil left in the tins. The sardines shouldn’t cook in the sauce, but rather be added at the very end. Feel free to reserve one or two fish to garnish the top of the dish with.
Fill a large pot with water and add a glug of olive oil and grind of salt.
Set the pot over high heat. When boiling, add in the
Angel Hair Pasta (9 oz)
and cook for 3 minutes for al dente.
Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water to loosen the sauce. Return the drained pasta to the empty pot, along with the reserved cooking water and oil from the tinned sardines. Spoon over the sauce and gently stir through the pasta.
To serve, dish the Pasta con le Sarde on to warmed plates, drizzle with olive oil and scatter over a little
Grated Parmesan Cheese (to taste)
Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley (1 handful)
Nutrition Per Serving
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