Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Anchovy Sauce


We have a food profile in Sweden called Paulo Roberto. When I grew up, he wasn't known as a foodie, but as a gangster, more or less. Later on, he became a professional boxer. And now, he cooks. I admit, I was sceptical. Very. I skipped his first cookbook, never watched the tv show, but then I happened to get his latest book, called "Mina Gästers Mat" ("the food for my guests") and... I admit, he sure can cook.


I've tried a few things from it so far, and I love it all. It isn't complicated, it isn't fancy, and all of it is pretty traditional Italian (Neapolitan to be more exact). The recipes are provided by his Italian aunts. So - the book is totally good (only available in Swedish) but I'll let you in on a little secret. All of the recipes, from both this book and his first, are available online. His publisher is behind the site and they're all there for you to browse. Again, in Swedish only.

This pasta is the first one we tried, and it was a smash hit. The flavors are clean and simple, and it takes virtually no time to cook.

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Anchovy Sauce
(Printable recipe)
Serves 2

250 g spaghetti
6 anchovies
250 g cherry tomatoes
25 ml olive oil
25 g butter
2 small garlic cloves
1 small dried chili (peperoncino)
60 g black olives, halved (kalamata is my favorite)
1 tsp (or more!) capers

Mince the anchovies, and halve the tomatoes. Heat olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Add the anchovies, garlic and chili and fry for five minutes on medium heat. Discard the chili. Add tomatoes, olives and capers and leave to simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Discard the garlic. Season with a little bit of salt, if you feel that's needed.

Toss the sauce with freshly boiled spaghetti, serve!

Recipe in Swedish:
Spaghetti med tomat- och sardellsås


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Sounds delicious Anne:D

Jessica said...

Jag har den första boken, och var väl lite sådär, jaha, men den innehåller en hel del recept som jag återkommer till. I all sin enkelhet är det sånt jag aldrig skulle ha kommit på själv.

Anonymous said...

Hej Anne!
I have a similar recipe in my blog (from Jamie) no tomato sauce but it makes an interesting variation if you want to try it.
Lycka till!

Sara said...

Thanks! I have a huge amount of salted anchovies in the fridge. I love them but still need some good ideas on how to use them.

Energystar said...

This sounds great. I can't wait to try it!