There’s just something about trying a new ingredient. Something you’ve never tried before. It opens so many new doors, new flavors.
I remember the first time anyone introduced me to sardines. It was in our high school Home Ec class (or whatever they were calling it then). My teacher pulled out a can of sardines and dared people to try them. Well, I have to admit, I didn’t have the balls at that time. Or the palate either. Boy did I miss out.
Lately I’ve been curious about them. I think it’s probably from watching Anthony Bourdain eat the bigger, European version on his show. They always look so good. The great thing about them is that they are really rather inexpensive. Cheap food is good on my budget right now. Toss in some sun-dried tomatoes and oh man your taste buds come alive. Seriously, don’t be a doubter, try this.
Pasta with Sardines and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
8 oz fettuccine
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tin sardines, boneless
6-8 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon, divided
Start your water boiling, salt it, toss your pasta in.
Heat oil over medium heat, add onions. Cook the onions until they are just soft, add garlic. Cook for about another minute. Add sardines and tomatoes. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into sauce. Cook until pasta is done.
Add 1 ladle pasta water to sauce. Drain pasta and add it to the sauce. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over pasta, stir to combine. Serve immediately.