Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Anchovies and Spinach with Linguini



Anchovies are an ingredient I haven't used before, I always wondered how these little fish melted away and made a tasty sauce. So I made this simple pasta dish, super easy and tasty, must admit not really my cup of tea but hubby liked it :-) 





Ingredients

  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • one small can of anchovies with capers
  • little pinch of red chili flakes
  • one cup of spinach 
  • handful of linguini 
  • Freshly ground black pepper.

Method


1. cook the linguine in salted water for about 7 minutes until al dente, keep some of the cooking liquid
2. heat the olive oil add the garlic, anchovies and red pepper flakes, slowly reduce heat and stir, the anchovies will melt into a paste
3. stir in the spinach and saute for about 3-4 minutes
4. then add pasta with a little of the cooking water to form a sauce and some freshly ground pepper
5. serve


So who cooks with Anchovies? 




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37 comments:

  1. I love anchovies. We use dried anchovies in fried rice:

    http://www.houseofannie.com/fried-rice-with-anchovies-and-dabai/

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  2. It seems like people either love anchovies or they don't. I personally love them! Opened a can tonight and put a couple, diced, in a Caesar salad. Such a yummy little burst of flavor :) I'll bet your pasta dish was good.

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  3. Oh Rebecca, this is perfect for a weeknight dinner, simple and yet so tasty...I love anchovy.
    Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

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    1. thanks well sick today hope I feel better tomorrow :-)

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  4. I'm with your hubby. I *lurve* anchovies.... :=)

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  5. Popped in to say hi. This looks delicious!

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  6. I used to boil dried anchovies as soup.
    http://www.anncoojournal.com/2009/10/seafood-flat-rice-noodle-soup_09.html

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  7. Aww...Sorry to hear it is not your cup of tea. I do like anchovies with my pasta or pizza. Especially good with pasta puttanesca. Have not cooked that in a while. Maybe I should make it for dinner :)

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  8. Look absolutely nice Rebecca!! gloria

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  9. I am a real fan of anchovies and was surprised by how they melt away into your saute pan. However, I believe you used far too many of them, and that might explain why the dish was not overwhelmingly appealing for you. If you try it again (just to keep the hubby happy) use only 1/2 can. Don't tell him. I'll bet he'll still love it - and you might too.

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  10. I've honestly never cooked with anchovies and never really had a desire to ;) But since I love pasta so much, maybe if I grated in a little parmesan cheese over the top (yes with fish), I could fall in love. Or at least swallow. Congrats on using these and making something your hubby enjoyed!

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  11. HI Rebecca. I LOVE anchovies, my husband? Not so much.... so only use them when I'm not cooking for him! Hope you and the kids are doing well. Happy THursday!

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    1. thanks well all sick here but it will pass :-) hugs

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  12. Husband and I would happily eat this - my daughter not so much. I think anchovies really add flavor with ease.

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    1. i think I will do it again with a little less :-)

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  13. Wow, lovely plate. I love anchovies.

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  14. I use anchovies in several favorite recipes but the flavor is very subtle. I had fresh ones in Italy and thought they were delicious. It's one of those things that can be either very delicious or way overpowering.

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    1. I am sure cooked in Italy would be awesome compared to mine he he

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  15. I like to use the anchovy paste in place of the anchovies in a tin. The pasta looks wonderful. Glad your hubby liked it:)

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  16. Glad your hubby liked this dish -- many Indian's finds it difficult to appreciate anchovies or seafood in general :)

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  17. thanks Gloria, Kiran thats interesting he loves seafood, Chennai is on the coast and they make fish and shrimp a lot in his family :-)n

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