Voilà a famous Sicilian recipe!
These are the ingredients for 2 people:
– 150 g of spaghetti
– 150 gr of fresh sardines
– 40 g of fennel (to be clear, I mean Foeniculum vulgare)
– a handful of pine nuts
– onion, garlic
– extra virgin olive oil, salt.
I start washing the fennel and boiling it in salty water for 5 minutes. It’s very important to keep the cooking water because I’ll cook the spaghetti into it! (I have to be careful here: I can easily forget it and throw away the water 😦 )
I chop the fennel, then I clean and wash the sardines (It’s a horrible job for me, so I usually try to find someone doing this for me, or I ask the fish monger for it). I brown the sardines in a frying pan with some oil, a little bit of chopped onion and 1 garlic clove. After 4 minutes, I join the fennel and some tablespoons of the cooking water, the saffron sachet, salt and, last of all, the pine nuts roughly chopped.
I cook the spaghetti in the cooking water of the fennel (and I add some more salt), I strain them and I mix them with the sauce.
Tasty, aromatic and healthy! What could be better? 😉