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Sicilian Pantry Pasta

Posted by on June 26, 2012

Sometimes I realize the fridge is empty but the store is so far away….those are the times I look to the pantry to figure out what I can piece together. I usually have a can of Italian tuna, which is a great way to get some protein into what would normally just be starch-based. Add some Sicilian staples like pine nuts and currants along with some onion and garlic from fridge scraps, and a meal takes shape. This off-the-cuff meal ended up being a favorite for the week!

Sicilian Pantry Pasta

1/2 box linguine or other long pasta

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 onion, chopped

2 anchovies

1/4 cup currants soaked in a couple tablespoons of sherry or wine

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated parmesan or pecorino

1 can Italian tuna, drained

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon parsley, chopped

Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water a minute short of package instructions.

Meanwhile,  saute the onion, red pepper flakes, and anchovies in a couple tablespoons of olive oil, until the onion softens. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the tuna, pine nuts, and currants. Add the pasta and a little of the pasta cooking water.

In another pan, toast the breadcrumbs in a tablespoon of olive oil until they start to turn a little brown. Add most of the grated cheese and toss to combine. Pour the toasted breadcrumbs over the pasta and combine. Serve immediately with the rest of the grated cheese and parsley sprinkled on top. Optional, drizzle a little extra olive oil over the top to finish it.

9 Responses to Sicilian Pantry Pasta

  1. Liz

    yum–you have a great pantry!

  2. apuginthekitchen

    Wonderful, I love recipes that are put together from ingredients on hand. This sounds so delicious.

  3. johnnysenough hepburn

    Your linguine is beautifully dressed – pasta can be such a chore to shoot!
    Recipe sounds wonderful, too.

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    What a great recipe. Looks so delicious and simple, plus all from your pantry. It makes me want to just go to my pantry and see what I can dig up. Thanks for sharing.

  5. StefanGourmet

    Great post with a lovely photo! My long pasta always looks more messy.
    I know the thought of not having fresh ingredients and not feeling like going to the supermarket. I usually include some canned tomatoes as well when I make pantry pasta (which you could also call puttanesca I believe).
    I’ve never yet made or tasted pasta with currants.

  6. rabbitcancook

    love your pasta, great colors and look very fresh and yummy too….

  7. JulieD

    Love that you added anchovies, this pasta looks so good and it’s so simple! :)

  8. pinkpolkadotfood

    What a delicious dish!!

  9. Pilar

    Sounds delicious! I have never have pasta with currants, a must do.
    Thanks!

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