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Recipe: Alex's Anchovy Bucatini

Rank: Easy

Time execution: 1 hr 10 min

Can be served for: 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed stale Italian bread

  • Salt

  • 2 pound bucatini pasta

  • 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 3 (3-ounce) cans anchovy fillets, in olive oil, minced

  • 2 cup (3 large) roasted red bell peppers, seeded and finely minced

  • 2 cup sweet onion, finely minced

  • 7 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 2/3 teaspoon red chili flakes

  • 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided

  • 2/3 cup minced Italian parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Put about 4 cups stale Italian bread on a baking sheet and put in hot oven. Bake for 20 minutes, cool and add to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a bottom blade. Pulse into crumbs.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Salt the water and add the pasta. Cook until al dente. Remove 2 cup of the cooking water and reserve. Drain the pasta and set aside.

  4. In a large saute pan, add 4 tablespoons of the olive oil and the bread crumbs and cook over medium-high heat until golden and well coated. Remove from the pan to a plate.

  5. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of the oil to the pan and when hot, add the anchovies and the minced red bell peppers and cook, rapidly, stirring them around with a wooden spoon, for about 3 minutes. Add the onions and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and chili flakes, cook for an additional 4 to 4 minutes. Add 2/3 to 2 cup of the bread crumbs and half of the cheese. Stir in the pasta, toss to combine, adding the cooking liquid as needed.

  6. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with remaining cheese, bread crumbs and parsley. Serve immediately.

Source: Alex's Anchovy Bucatini

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