Bigoli in Salsa (Pasta in Fish Sauce)
This simple recipe for pasta in fish sauce packs a punch of flavor. Cook it aboard and you’ll be sure to please your guests.
1 lb. pasta (e.g., bigoli, penne, linguine or other sturdy pasta)
6 Tbsp. oil
¼ cup of reserved pasta water
2 white onions, thinly sliced
10 oil-packed skinless, boneless canned sardines, drained (may substitute canned
tuna in oil or anchovies in oil)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package; reserve 1/4 cup pasta water. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, fry the onions gently in oil and pasta water until very soft and creamy, usually about 15 minutes. Add sardines and then
mash them into the onions until they are well blended and nearly smooth. Next, transfer the pasta to the skillet containing sauce. Over medium heat, toss the pasta with the sauce for a couple of minutes until the sauce clings to the pasta. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
By Lori Ross, Southern Boating April 2018