Pasta with Sardines

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• 300g bucatini or other long dried pasta

• 150ml extra virgin olive oil

• 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

• 1 large onion, finely chopped

• 1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped, fronds reserved

• 1 1/2 tbs tomato paste

• 4 anchovies, drained on paper towel

• 1/4 cup white wine

• 12 fresh sardine fillets

• 1/3 cup sultanas

• 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

• Generous pinch saffron threads


1. Add the pasta to the boiling salted water and cook according to packet instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water.

2. Add half of the oil to a frypan over medium heat.

3. Toss breadcrumbs in pan and cook until golden. Then move the crumbs to a bowl.

4. Add the remaining oil to VENTRAY grill over medium heat.

5. Stir in onion and fennel, and cook for 2-3 minutes.

6. Add tomato paste and anchovies, and wine, then bring to a simmer.

7. Stir in sardine fillets, sultanas, pine nuts and saffron.

8. Add enough of the reserved cooking water and cook for 5-6 minutes.

9. Toss sauce with the bucatini.

10. Topped with the toasted breadcrumbs and fennel fronds.

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