Pasta con Le Sarde (Pasta with Sardines)
Fresh pasta finishes cooking in the sauce, in this weeknight dinner.
For the topping
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Add to list
- 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs Add to list
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest Add to list
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice Add to list
- 1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley Add to list
- Salt, to taste Add to list
For the pasta and sauce
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Add to list
- 1 cup diced red onion Add to list
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic Add to list
- 1/2 cup diced celery Add to list
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes Add to list
- 1 (4-ounce) tin sardines Add to list
- 1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes Add to list
- 1 teaspoon dried currants Add to list
- 1/3 cup roughly chopped toasted walnuts Add to list
- 1 pound fresh pasta Add to list
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it heavily. While the water comes to a boil, make the topping and start the sauce.
To prepare the topping, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add oil and breadcrumbs. Stirring frequently, sauté breadcrumbs until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and mix thoroughly with lemon zest, juice, parsley and salt. Set aside.
To prepare the sauce, wipe out the skillet and heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, celery, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Sauté until vegetables start to soften, about 7 minutes. Add sardines, tomatoes, currants and walnuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes.
While the sauce cooks, add pasta to the boiling water and cook for about 3 minutes, or until it is not quite al dente. Drain through a colander, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water. Add the cooked pasta and reserved cooking water to the skillet with the sauce, turning the heat down to medium. Toss gently until the pasta has absorbed the sauce and is cooked to the al dente stage, 3 to 4 minutes more.
Serve the pasta in bowls with the lemon-panko topping and a drizzle of olive oil.
Recipe by, PCC Cooks instructor
Source: Adapted from Becky's cookbook "Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast."