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    Pasta With Sardine Sauce

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    1 hr 20 mins

    20 mins

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    Phil Franco's Note:

    Pasta con le Sarde This is a classic Sicilian dish from Palermo,created when the Saracens ruled Sicily. Sicilians would use the fennel that grows wild in the lava-rich soil which is a more intense taste than the cultivated. This recipe from

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. 2
      Remove heads and tails from half the sardines. Cut in 1 inch pieces. Leave second half intact.
    3. 3
      Wash and trim fennel. Put into pan with about 8 cups cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 5- 8 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon, drain in colander, then gently squeeze out water. Chop roughly. Reserve cooking water.
    4. 4
      Heat 1/4 cup oil in frying pan. Sauté onions over medium heat until golden. Add chopped sardines and anchovies. As they cook, crush sardines with back of spoon to make a thick paste. Add pine nuts, raisins, saffron, salt and pepper.
    5. 5
      In a separate pan, heat remaining oil and lightly sauté the fennel, removing to a separate bowl. Sauté the remaining whole sardines. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes, turning once gently to not break sardines.
    6. 6
      Using fennel water, boil pasta until al dente, about 10 -= 12 minutes. Drain. Put in bowl and dress with half the sardine sauce.
    7. 7
      Put a layer of dressed pasta in an ovenproof casserole. On top of that, put a layer of fennel, then a a layer of whole sardines with additional sauce. Continue until ingredients are used up, ending with a layer of bucatini. Cover with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top. Cover and bake in preheated 350°F oven 15 - 20 minutes.
    8. 8
      Pasta may be served hot or cold.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pasta With Sardine Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (439 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 994.9
    Calories from Fat 411
    Total Fat 45.6 g
    Saturated Fat 5.8 g
    Cholesterol 216.9 mg
    Sodium 1058.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 92.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.1 g
    Sugars 11.5 g
    Protein 54.0 g

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