Linguine with Anchovy Garlic Sauce

Unlock the bold and briny flavors of the Mediterranean with this simple yet delicious Linguine with Anchovy Garlic Sauce. Anchovies, often misunderstood, are the secret ingredient that provides a rich, umami flavor to dishes. This pasta is an ode to the classic Italian pantry and is sure to convert even the most skeptical into anchovy aficionados.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb linguine pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the linguine according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Make the Anchovy Garlic Sauce:
    • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the anchovy fillets and garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until the anchovies dissolve into the oil and the garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
    • If you’re using red pepper flakes for some heat, add them now and stir for another minute.
  3. Combine Pasta and Sauce:
    • Add the cooked linguine to the skillet with the anchovy garlic sauce. Toss well to coat the pasta, adding a little reserved pasta water if necessary to loosen the sauce.
  4. Finish the Dish:
    • Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the chopped parsley, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve:
    • Plate the linguine and garnish with a generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.
    • Serve immediately, offering a lemon wedge on the side for an extra citrusy zing.

This Linguine with Anchovy Garlic Sauce is a testament to the beauty of simple ingredients coming together to create a symphony of flavors. It’s a dish that’s both easy to prepare and sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party. Enjoy the umami depth that anchovies bring to your table!

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