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Pasta con la Mollica (Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Breadcrumbs)

Pasta con la Mollica (Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Breadcrumbs)

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams pasta
  • 8 salted anchovies, boned
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 120 grams dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic
  • parsley, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt and pinch of pepper

 

Directions:

  • Toast the breadcrumbs (preferably in an iron skillet), stirring continuously. Before they turn brown, add only a little oil and mix until the oil starts to sizzle and the breadcrumbs turn a golden colour.
  • Heat some oil separately in a frying pan with the garlic. Remove from the heat, and add the anchovies, mashing them with a fork until they achieve a creamy consistency.
  • Add the capers and tomato purée (optional), and stir over moderate heat for a few minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, and add the parsley and pepper.
  • Boil the pasta in a large pan of salted water, strain, and cover with the anchovy sauce.
  • Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, and serve hot. Buon Appetito!