There is something satisfying about rustling up a delicious supper with ingredients that you already have in your storecupboard or fridge.
This is what I made last night.
Linguine wit sardines, capers + fried breadcrumbs
This is what you need:
250g dried linguine (I like de Cecco)
2 tins of sardines in olive oil, drained and 1 tbsp of oil reserved
3 tbsp of capers, rinsed
1 lemon (for squeezing over the pasta at the table)
1/2 tsp of dried chilli flakes
handful of flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 handfuls of rocket
2 tbsp of breadcrumbs
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
This is what you do:
1. in a non-stick frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil from one of the tins of sardines over medium heat
2. add the garlic, chilli flakes and breadcrumbs and fry gently until nicely brown; tip onto a plate and set aside
3. in the same pan, add the sardines + capers and warm through very gently over low heat
4. cook the linguine according to instructions on the packet; this usually takes 10 minutes or thereabouts
5. top the sardines with the rocket, add the drained pasta and toss carefully
6. sprinkle over the breadcrumbs mixture, some freshly grated Parmesan + the parsley
7. serve with half a lemon per person for squeezing over the pasta + extra Parmesan
Really extraordinarily good, bold flavours + all the different textures are lovely.
We ate this followed by a green salad with peashoots, avocado + a couple of olives.