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Milk Street Bowtie Pasta with Tomato, Fennel Seeds and Anchovies

Pasta with Tomato, Fennel Seeds and Anchovies

4-6 Servings

20 minutes

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Salty, sweet, spicy and umami-rich, this pasta dish lets pantry ingredients do the heavy lifting. Fennel seeds and coriander are bloomed in olive oil to release their essential oils before the tomato paste is browned. We like long, strands of pasta here, but just about any pasta shape will work.

4-6

Servings

Tip

Don’t bother chopping the anchovy fillets. It’s easy to break them apart with a wooden spoon after adding them to the pot.

20 minutes

1 pound spaghetti, bucatini or linguine
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
6 ounce can tomato paste (⅔ cup)
2 oil-packed anchovy fillets, patted dry
1 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
Ingredients
  • 1

    pound spaghetti, bucatini or linguine

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 3

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve

  • 2

    teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 1

    teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½

    teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 6

    ounce can tomato paste (⅔ cup)

  • 2

    oil-packed anchovy fillets, patted dry

  • 1

    cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)

Directions

Pasta with Tomato, Fennel Seeds and Anchovies

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Reviews
Diana L.

I made this dish several times. One time I made it without anchovies and it still tasted really good. I also add at the end sliced tomatoes, pitted Kalamata olives, and mozzarella. Its delicious.

Jessica O.

I don't know if it was the tomato paste I used (I used Red Pack), but this dish turned out one-noted to me; even with the anchovies & fennel the sauce screamed, "tomato!"

Marilyn B.

I agree that this dish needs to be dressed up a bit, I followed Diana L's lead and added some Kalamata olives. Next time I might add another anchovy or 2 and sprinkle with some toasted fresh breadcrumbs. My husband and I felt the same about the dish, but he did eat 3 helpings. I've tagged it as a "pantry meal" which is always a plus.