Friday, July 9, 2010

Anchovie Pasta Sauce di Papa Joe

Many years ago I dated an Italian girl and became part of the family.  Every special occasion or anytime Papa Joe had a hankering for it, he made this awesome little quick sauce with anchovies.  His kids didn't want to touch it with a hundred foot pole, but I was all over it.  He loved me, because I would try pretty much anything he put on a plate in front of me.
  • Anchovy fillets (in a pinch anchovy paste)
  • Good Olive Oil 
  • Garlic, Minced
  • Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • Crushed tomatoes 
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
In a sauce pan, warm up the olive oil, dissolve the anchovy fillets, toss in the everything else and mix.  Toss in a nice premium spaghetti of your choice just so it is lightly coated.

There wasn't an exact recipe, it was more a taste thing. But if you are really going to grill me for it, try 1/4 cup of oil, 4 anchovy fillets, a clove of garlic, 2 mushrooms, 1/4 cup of crushed tomatoes and a pinch of red pepper flakes.  It depended on how many people are eating it;  how late at night it was; or how many bottles of the homemade pino had been consumed. But he was always happy to make it.

More Later....

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