NYT Cooking: There’s something about pasta, cooked properly, that trumps all the other possibilities. And the smell of pasta boiling is a heady cheap thrill. With a few basic staple pantry items, a true feast can be ready in minutes. Good spaghetti, good olive oil, garlic and a little red pepper are all you need, plus some anchovy and capers if you have them.
Prized by chefs and home cooks around the world for their funky, briny flavor and extraordinary versatility, anchovies don't just adorn pizzas, salads, and sandwiches—they make their way into distinctive sauces, rubs, dressings, and dips, where they lend a meaty umami backbone to, well, anything you want. But exactly can you do with them? Let's take a look.
Olio e Alici: Anchovy Spaghetti. This recipe is similar to my Grandma's: extra thin spaghetti, anchovy, garlic, oil, parsley, pepper, and romano cheese. Maybe the addition of bread crumbs makes it Sicilian??? Not sure, but it is yummy!