Even though the following recipe contains an odd mashup of ingredients -- some of them unlikely (raisins), others seemingly vile (anchovies), in the end it’s all good.
I promise you.
The first time I made Vianna La Place’s Perciatelli with Strong Tastes (subbing in Orecchiette, I admit) my ex- (who wasn’t, yet) and I wolfed it down. Paused briefly. And then agreed that I should make another batch. Which we summarily wolfed down.
Well, maybe a little more slowly the second time.
It’s that easy to make, and it’s that amazing to eat.
Perciatellli ai Sapori Forti
serves 4 to 6
- 1 lb
perciatelli, broken into short lengthslast night I used a curious, curled maccheroni for the first time. loved it.
- 6 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 anchovies, chopped to a paste,
optionalno. not optional. you want these anchovies. you *need* these anchovies.
- 4 tbsp raisins, plumped in warm water
- 6 tbs lightly toasted pine nuts
- 16 pitted oil-cured black olives, cut into large pieces (last night I used kalamatas, but use your faves)
- 6 tbs coarsely chopped Italian parsley (didn’t have any on hand last night. didn’t matter.)
- salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
- Toasted coarse bread crumbs
Cook pasta in abundant salted boiling water. Drain when al dente and reserve a little of the pasta cooking water.
Meanwhile select a saute pan large enough to contain all the cooked pasta. Warm the olive oil and the
Add the drained pasta and toss. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients, except the bread crumbs, over the pasta, and toss over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until everything is hot and fragrant.
Season with salt and pepper but remember that the olives are salty, as are the anchovies if you use them. (You’re using them. Let’s be sure we agree on this one point. There’s a curious alchemy that occurs when you saute these little creatures. I don’t understand it, but I’m pretty sure it’s what makes this dish what it is.)
Sprinkle the pasta with bread crumbs and toss again.
Serve immediately with a small bowl of bread crumbs at the table.
Faithfully adopted from Vianna La Place’s Verdura, a gift from my sister, aka she of the seasonal greeting cards, for which I will love her forever (among other reasons).
Updated: Forgot the raisins. & the bread crumbs. Added them in. Many thanks to anniemcq for her keen editorial eye.