New Italian recipe: Pasta con Sarde

By Eleonora for The Parisian Post

copyright © 2012 Eleonora Zuliani all rights reserved

Here is my new recipe !
This is a classic recipe that comes from Sicily. It sums up the fascinating blend of cultures and civilisations that make up this island. Sardinian pasta mixes divinely with indigenous grapes and saffron coming from Arab cuisine!

Good luck and Buon Appetito!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 500 g of sardines
  • 350 g of wild fennel
  • 25 g of raisins
  • 25 g of pine nuts
  • 2 small onions
  • 5 anchovies
  • 2 teaspoon of saffron powder
  • 5 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • olive oil, salt, pepper
  • 350 g of bucatini or macaroni

How to prepare it?

  1. Wash and clean the sardines: Remove scales, heads and the backbone. Wipe with a cloth.
  2. Fry them in 1 deciliter of olive oil, 30 seconds on each side or 1 minute, depending on their size. Set aside on paper towels.
  3. Cut the onions finely and fry over low heat in the  same pan with cooking oil sardines.
  4. Boil a large pot of salted water 4 liters with fennel  for 15 minutes. Drain and keep the cooking water for cooking the pasta. Then cut coarsely and fry with onions for 5 minutes.
  5. Soak the raisins in warm water for half an hour. Melt the anchovies in a small pan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Melt the saffron in a half glass of warm water.
  6. Mix the fennel in the pan with all other ingredients: sardines, raisins, pine nuts, saffron, anchovies, and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add salt and pepper.
  7. Cook pasta al dente in the fennel cooking water,
  8. Drain and toss with the sauce of sardines, add a little cooking water if necessary. Toast in a small  stove with bread crumbs 3 teaspoon of oil and sprinkle with the pasta.

Serve immediately!

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>> Did you know !

Did you know that there are supermarkets specialised in Italian products called « Casitalia » with fair prices?

In Casitalia stores (120 Pyrénées 75020 PARIS or 131 Rue Philippe Auguste 75011 Paris), there are many products directly imported from Italy such as Parmigiano, fresh pesto, a piadina, fresh pasta,  mozzarella, tomato, mozzarella di buffalo…. The price / quality ratio is very interesting.

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