Pasta con Sardi (Pasta with Sardines)

July 22, 2019

1/2 c. olive oil 
1 c. fresh bread crumbs
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 – 2 t. fennel seeds
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. canned crushed tomato purée
3 tins (4-3/8 oz. each) boneless and skinless sardines, drained
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley 
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. spaghetti

 

In a large frying pan, heat 1/4 c. oil over moderate heat.

Add breadcrumbs and cook, stirring occasionally until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and toss with Parmesan. Set aside and wipe out pan
In the same pan, heat remaining 1/4 c. oil over moderately high heat.

Add fennel seeds, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5 - 10 minutes.

Add garlic and cook, stirring 1 minute longer.

Stir in tomatoes, and bring to a simmer, cooking until thick, about 10 minutes.

Add sardines, parsley, salt, and pepper, breaking up the sardines with a fork.

Remove from heat.
Cook spaghetti in boiling water until al dente.

Toss with sauce and half of the breadcrumbs.

Top with remaining breadcrumbs.

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