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Nothing to Cook

By Sandy Hu

Don’t you hate it when you forget to defrost something in the morning? Or haven’t had time to do the grocery shopping?  You’re left rummaging through cupboards, wondering what to cook for dinner!

Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Anchovies is a quick and easy solution, made mostly with pantry staples.  Don’t be scared away by the anchovies.  When finely minced, these little morsels disperse and will not overwhelm the dish.

Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Anchovies
1 pound linguine
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (2 ounces) anchovies in olive oil, drained and minced
3/4 cup dried tomato strips in olive oil, drained and roughly chopped
½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook linguine following package directions.  Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat; add garlic and cook, stirring, until it just begins to color and mixture is fragrant, a few seconds, then stir in anchovies. (Anchovies may spatter.) Add tomato strips and heat through.

When pasta is cooked, drain, saving ½ cup of pasta water.  Add pasta to skillet and toss to coat with the sauce. Add parsley and toss again.  If pasta seems dry, add a little of the pasta water. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

TIP: If you have short-handled salad servers, the kind that look like hands, use them to toss the pasta to get an even distribution of ingredients.

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Reader Comments (5)

Yum! Looks delicious. I'll make it tonight for the family.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Hunter

Darn. We already ate dinner. We're going to have to wait until tomorrow - looks delicious and I can't wait to try. I'm one of those 'intimidated by anchovies' people you mention. However, now I am prepared to engage the anchovy. Thanks for another great recipe.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterroisin

Repeat after me, anchovies are good...anchovies are good...and they are! These little fish can be hard to take whole, but when they're chopped up they're not so potent. I think you'll like this recipe.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Hu

Thanks! I don't think your kids would find it off-putting. Well, maybe Nicky....

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Hu

I tried this dish for today's dinner - it was perfect! thanks for the great and easy recipe :)

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNok

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