GF TAGLIATELLE FANTASIA ALLA BARBARA - The perfect Mediterranean companion to any pasta!

  I came up with this recipe in an effort to create a full-flavored sauce that would combine different ingredients that are typical of  my Mediterranean heritage. The result is a delicate but yet satisfying ensemble of what I call "taste emotions" that will definitely inspire you to make this sauce more than just once, as this is by far the ultimate companion for any type of pasta! 
(Serves 4 people)
For the Pasta: 
  • 1 pound of your favorite GF tagliatelle, linguine, or any other pasta
  • Salt for the pasta water
For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup of GF Kalamata (Greek) or Gaeta (Italian) pitted olives (that you can chop or leave whole)
  • 3-4 tbs of EVO
  • 3 tbs of GF capers
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp of creole or cajun powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5-6 GF anchovies in oil
  • a sprinkle of fresh parsley or rosemary
  • ...Are you ready for a surprise? - 1 tsp of grated lemon rind!
Let's start creating...
  • In a medium-large pot boil enough water for the amount of pasta you are cooking
  • In the mean time, sprinkle the EVO in a medium sauce pan, and add the chopped garlic cloves
  • Brown the garlic on low heat for a couple of minutes, paying attention not to get it too brown
  • Add the olives and capers and sprinkle the dried spices (I have found that sometimes the capers are too salty and may need to be rinsed first)
  • Add the anchovies, salt, pepper, and lemon rinds, and stir gently
  • Cook on low uncovered for 2 minutes (the anchovies will melt away releasing all of their flavor into the sauce)
  • When the pasta is ready and drained, pour the sauce directly into the pot (it's always a good trick to use some of the pasta to "clean" the sauce that is usually left over in the pan)
  • Sprinkle some fresh EVO on each dish, and serve hot.

Buon Appetito!
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