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Pasta con le Sarde (Pasta with Fresh Sardines)

Pasta con le Sarde (Pasta with Fresh Sardines)

A symbol of Sicily, Pasta with fresh sardines has many variations, but the fennel leaves, the raisins and the pine nuts are inevitable.

20 January, 2014
Average: 4 (2 votes)


serves for


total time

21 HR 0 MIN


600 g, fresh, cleaned and boned
Spaghetti pasta
400 g
2, with leaves
40 g
7 g, tips, chopped
6 fillets in oil
2 cloves
Fennel seeds
2 g
Lemon zest
1.5 grated
Extra virgin olive oil
90 ml
freshly ground
1 small
Pine nuts
40 g
1 pinch, threads


Wash the sardines and divide into two fillets. Trim and wash the fennel and cut into eighths lengthwise.

Then slice very thinly, lengthwise, using a mandolin if available. Put the fennel leaves aside.

Blanch the fennel in boiling, salted water for 1 minute, refresh in cold water and drain, retaining the cooking water.

Take 1 cup of the cooking water and soak the raisins in it.

Finely chop the fennel leaves. Mash the anchovy fillets, peel and press the garlic.

Finely crush the fennel seeds with a pestle and mortar. Mix the anchovies, garlic, fennel leaves and dill with the lemon rind and 3 tbsp olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper. Peel the onion and chop very finely.

Boil a large pan of water for the pasta, add plenty of salt and cook the pasta until al dente.

At the same time heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and sweat the onion until translucent.

Add the sardines and sauté over a medium heat. Add the fennel, the raisins with the soaking liquid, anchovy paste and pine nuts.

Dissolve the saffron in a little water and mix in. Season with salt and pepper and cook gently for 4-5 minutes.

Drain the pasta, mix with the sauce and serve immediately.

Wine Pairing: Contessa Entellina Ansonica

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