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Pasta With Garlic and Anchovies Recipe

My Secret Single Food: Pasta With Anchovies and Garlic

Like Carrie on Sex and the City, my secret single behavior refers to food. While she snacked on saltine crackers slathered with grape jelly, the number one dish I like to eat when I'm home alone and no one is watching? Pasta with anchovies and garlic. It's my last minute go-to dinner that I devour about once a week. I always have pasta, anchovies, garlic, and shallots on hand. The cheese and herbs vary based on what I find in the fridge. The resulting pasta is the perfect thing to eat by yourself: it's rich, satisfying, and slightly luxurious. It pairs with red or white wine, and can be enjoyed with a mixed green salad or toasty garlic bread.

Do you have secret single food? If you aren't single, what do you eat when you're alone? Share with me below and keep reading for my recipe.

Pasta With Anchovies and Garlic

Pasta With Anchovies and Garlic

Pasta With Garlic and Anchovies Recipe 2010-04-07 11:55:01

Ingredients

1 serving pasta (my favorite kind is spaghetti)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small shallot, sliced into half moons
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 anchovy fillets (packed in oil), minced
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, oregano, basil)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt and add the pasta. Cook for one minute less than instructed on the side of the box.
  2. While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 3 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  3. Add the anchovies and garlic and cook, breaking the anchovies into pieces for 4-5 minutes. Take care not to brown the garlic. When the garlic and anchovies are just starting to stick to the bottom of the pan, deglaze by pouring in the wine.
  4. With a slotted spoon add the pasta to the saute pan with the shallot anchovy mixture. Don't drain the pasta, you'll need to use some of the water to thicken the sauce.
  5. Add the cheese and stir to coat. Pour in 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of pasta water until the pasta is coated with a thick sauce. Throw in herbs, season with salt, and pepper, and toss until combined.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with more parmesan and a few cracks of black pepper. Enjoy!

Serves 1.


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Fenchurch1 Fenchurch1 5 years
Mine is artichokes with mayonnaise or Annie's White Shells macaroni and cheese.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 5 years
ramen noodles loaded with veggies and leftover cooked chicken if hubbys not home... i try to make it healthy! lol
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
Only need a little pancceta or bacon.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
When my husband's away on business trips, I sometimes eat marshmallow Peeps that are stale and chewy. Oh, and handfuls of cereal right out of the box...yummy!
BellaTorro BellaTorro 5 years
tHAT sounds like a meal in the making at my house yummy
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 5 years
I eat ODD things when alone. One of my faves? Mac and cheese with honey...it's gross, I know. but it tastes good. I started eating it when I was pregnant, and it still taste good.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
I love garlicy pasta with anchovies and parmesan cheese. Luckily my hubby likes it too so I don't have to eat it alone (it is pretty potent!). Most of my alone meals are usually junk. Good thing I don't have too many of them otherwise I would be huge. ;)
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
I love garlicy pasta with anchovies and parmesan cheese. Luckily my hubby likes it too so I don't have to eat it alone (it is pretty potent!).Most of my alone meals are usually junk. Good thing I don't have too many of them otherwise I would be huge. ;)
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