WAIT! Please don’t run away because you heard the word anchovies. I promise this dish doesn’t smack you in the face with fishiness, it’s more of a subdued umami flavor. Trust me on this, okay? Alright good. I’m glad were on the same page now.
Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Breadcrumbs hails from Sicily, and while simple in ingredients, it is complex in flavor. Also, incredibly cheap to make. A win all around in my book.
If you haven’t planned your valentine’s day menu yet, you aren’t alone, but that doesn’t mean you should wait till the last second. No girl wants fish sticks, and mashed potatoes on the most romantic holiday of the year. Let’s class it up, and bring a taste of Italy to your kitchen.
Picture this. Crusty warm garlic bread, pasta coated in a luxurious sauce that is a tad spicy and garlicky with a subtle umami flavor, and a simple green salad to balance out the carbs. For dessert, my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Icebox Cake.
Talk about a winning dinner that is sure to impress. Enjoy.
If you decide to take a chance on this Pasta with Anchovies and Bread Crumbs, don’t forget to #youngbrokehungry on Instagram so I can see it. High five!
- ½ pound spagetti noodles
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon pasta water
- Salt to taste
- ⅓ cup bread crumbs
- In a large pot, heat water until boiling. Add pasta and cook for 11 minutes, or until the noodles have a slight chew but aren't mushy. Reserve one tablespoon of pasta water before draining.
- While the pasta is cooking, get to work on the sauce. Heat the olive oil, garlic cloves, red chili flakes and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. Stir in anchovy paste, until melted. Add unsalted butter, and pasta water. With a wire whisk, give all the ingredients a good stir to ensure they are properly melded together. Pour sauce into a bowl. Taste, and adjust to your preference.
- In the same saucepan, toast bread crumbs over medium heat until golden brown.
- Place pasta into a large serving bowl. Drizzle the sauce over top, and sprinkle on the bread crumbs. With metal tongs, toss the pasta so each strand is coated in sauce. Serve with parmesan, parsley or enjoy it all on it's own.