Parmesan and anchovies, two gold mines of umami, meet pasta, garlic and toasted bread crumbs. You may want to invest in some good quality extra virgin olive oil, parmesan and anchovies, because it’s about all you will be getting in this simple pasta dish. Bare-bone pasta, but sometimes it cannot get better than that. I especially like doing this with fresh spaghetti or other similar thin noodles, but if dry spaghetti is all you have – no worries – it works fine too. —QueenSashy
extra virgin olive oil
large anchovy filets in oil, drained and dried (about 1.25 oz)
Heat a dry cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and toast them for a couple of minutes until dark golden and fragrant. Remove the breadcrumbs from the skillet and let them cool completely. When the breadcrumbs are completely cool mix them with parmesan.
In a food processor, process the anchovies, garlic and olive oil into emulsion. Season with a pinch of pepper. (Leave the emulsion in the processor, one more ingredient yet to come.)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook to desired tenderness. Drain the pasta and reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
Add the cooking water to the anchovy emulsion and give it another pulse or two to combine.
In a large skillet mix the pasta with the anchovy oil and cook shaking the pan for another minute. Transfer the pasta to plates, sprinkle generously with the parmesan breadcrumb mixture and serve immediately.
Aleksandra aka QueenSashy is a scientist by day, and cook, photographer and doodler by night. When she is not writing code and formulas, she blogs about food, life and everything in between on her blog, Three Little Halves. Three Little Halves was nominated for 2015 James Beard Awards and the finalist for 2014 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Aleksandra lives in New York City with her other two halves, Miss Pain and Dr. V.