Pasta con le Sarde – Small Fish, Big Flavor, Long Shelf-Life

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I’m no survivalist, but like any responsible chef I like to have a few cans of sardines stocked away, just in case. If times ever get tough, I could survive for hours, maybe days on them; but since things are going pretty well, I decided to dust off a can, and show you my version of Sicily’s famous, pasta con le sarde.

Like I said in the video, if you can get fresh sardines, they’re amazing in this. Fresh sardines are common around here, and they are such a delicious and under-appreciated fish. However, I honestly enjoy this version just as well, and seriously hope you give it a try soon. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 2 large or 4 appetizer sized portions:
1/4 cup extra virgin oil olive
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup diced fennel
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 anchovy filet
1/4 cup chopped golden raisins
small pinch saffron
1/4 cup white wine
2 cans (4-oz each) sardines packed in olive oil
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
pinch red chili flakes
salt to taste
1/2 pound bucatini pasta, or thick spaghetti
1/4 to 1/2 cup reserved pasta water, as needed
3-4 tablespoons roughly chopped fennel fronds, toss some in pasta at the end, and save some for the top
toasted breadcrumbs to garnish

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