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PASTA WITH ANCHOVY AND BREADCRUMBS

Pasta Ammuddicata
Calabria-Basilicata (Lucania)
Prep & Cook: 25 min - Easy
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 2oz can flat anchovies packed in oil, drain and chopped
  • 6 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1/2 peperoncino or 1/4 t chili pepper flakes, more or less to taste
  • 1 lb thick spaghetti (spaghettoni ), bucatini or perciatelli
  • salt to taste (sparingly, depending on the anchovies)
OO Small frying pan, large frying pan, pasta pot.

HEAT 3 T olive oil in a small pan and lightly toast breadcrumbs stirring to prevent burning.

REMOVE breadcrumbs, place in bowl, keep warm and set aside.

IN a large skillet or pan heat the rest of the olive oil.

ADD the peperoncino or flakes.

SAUTÉ for a minute.

ADD the anchovy, crushing with a fork into a paste.

MEANWHILE
cook the pasta .

WHEN the pasta is done, drain, reserving some of the pasta water. Transfer to a warm bowl.

POUR sauce over pasta and toss well.

IF too dry for your taste add a tablespoon or two of the pasta cooking water to further moisten the pasta.

SPRINKLE breadcrumbs onto individual servings at table.

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