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Pasta di San Giuseppe Recipe

on August 6, 2016

Recipe by Chef Jacquie

Cooked pasta
–Ingredients for Topping
1 TBSP olive oil
1 cup fine homemade breadcrumbs
–Ingredients for Sauce
2 TBSP olive oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped
pinch of red pepper flakes
2 cups chopped fresh fennel
2 cups crushed tomatoes
2 TBSP tomato paste
1 TBSP chopped fresh basil
4 cans of drained, skinless, boneless sardines

Heat oil in large pot, and sauté in it the garlic and pepper flakes.
Add the fennel, tomatoes, paste, and basil.
Cover and let simmer 30 minutes ’til fennel is tender.
Add the sardines and simmer a few more minutes.
Heat oil, and add crumbs and heat until golden brown.
Pour sauce over the pasta, then sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.

Pasta di San Giuseppe is pasta with breadcrumbs that symbolize sawdust.

This is a traditional recipe, as shared on

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