Mark and I discovered fettuccine with anchovies and garlic at Edo Squid in Richmond, Virginia, and immediately knew we had to figure out how to make it at home. A lot of people freak out over anchovies but give this a chance.
So easy. So good. But be forewarned. Your breath will project the pungency of garlic. No kissing unless the two of you shared the dish! It’s okay if both of you have garlic breath… but it is never okay for just one to have it!
Fettuccine with Anchovies and Garlic Recipe
|WHAT YOU NEED||WHAT TO DO||WHY|
||Sauce: In a 10-inch ceramic nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, bring oil to a shimmer (~2 minutes). Add anchovies to the oil, breaking up with the back of a bamboo spoon. Add onion, garlic, and pepper flakes; cook gently to disintegrate and deepen in color (~1 hour). In the final 20 minutes, start the pasta.||Regular olive oil is sufficient here; heat destroys and wastes the subtle flavors of expensive extra-virgin. Bamboo is gentle on cookware. Calabrian peppers have a spicy, fruity flavor profile.|
||Pasta: In a covered 5-quart tri-ply stockpot, bring water to a rolling boil over high heat (~7 minutes). Add fettuccine and salt and give a big stir with a fork to separate the strands. When boiling resumes, reduce the heat to hold at a low rolling boil until pasta is al dente (as per package), ladle ~1 cup of hot pasta water into each serving dish to prewarm. Drain pasta thoroughly in a mesh strainer, giving vigorous shakes. Return to the pan and cover with a lint-free dishcloth. In the final 10 minutes, finish the sauce.||Turbulent water helps prevent gummy pasta. Adding salt after water is hot reduces metal pitting. A cloth keeps pasta warm without holding in excess steam.|
||Finishing: Stir the capers and pine nuts into the sauce. Continue cooking while draining the pasta in a mesh strainer, giving vigorous shakes. Transfer to the sauce. With big tongs, toss pasta with the sauce and plate with a sprinkle of parsley over the top.||Adding the capers and pine nuts towards the end of cooking protects their texture.|