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I am not a big pasta fan, but if you want to try one pasta dish as a primi in Sicily, this is it. Bucatini seems to be the typico pasta for this. Fennell (finocchio) grows wild all over Sicily. A roadside weed.
Recipe here., but, better, a very good instructional video here. The guy claims tinned sardines work as well as fresh, but I dunno. I can buy fresh sardines (and fresh anchovies) here. Anyway, the video makes me hungry.
I love pasta and sardines. If you can do it with fresh sardines, do so, but sardines have a very short half life (fresh means if you want fresh you want really really fresh). Otherwise, go with the canned ones.
You could substitute other fish such as herring, mackerel, etc., but while good it would be different.
Evi L. Bloggerlady
I'm with the dog of the bird here. He was right about milk in Bolognese so he h as to be right about this one too.
"but, better, a very good instructional video here. The guy claims..." Let me put a plug in here for Chef John ('the guy'). He has hundreds of 4-7 minute instructional videos on his blog foodwishes.blogspot.com over last 10+ years. At some point, he was picked up by allrecipes.com which lists the textual form of most of his recipes. IMO, he is very good, funny, and a joy to follow. If you enjoy cooking, I highly recommend Chef John (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mitzewich)