In Episode 9, GIRLS MAKE FIRES, my guest, Rachel Belle asked me what my favourite thing to cook alone was - THIS IS IT! I've recently moved into my first proper home, as discussed in Episode 10 and I've been making this dish a lot recently. It's a really great kitchen cabinet staple, I guarantee you will have most of these things already in your cupboard (an onion, some garlic, some spices - it doesn't exactly have to be the ones I suggest - and some anchovies, if you are an anchovy aficionado).
Makes: Honestly, out of all my recipes, this is the one that I think I consistently get right every time.
Time: 20 minutes at the most
Faff Level: Very low, I'd say a 2.
115 g linguine/spaghetti or any other skinny pasta
1 tin of anchovies
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
Pinch of tarragon, sumac, ground coriander, cumin, onion/nigella seed, pepper, I'd also do a squeeze of lemon in there sometimes.
Chopped fresh parsley
1/2 a finely chopped red onion - if you hate anchovies or don't eat fish, make this into an onion pasta and use a whole, large onion
Optional grated parmesan (if you are forgoing the anchovy)
1. Boil pasta.
2. While this is boiling, fry onions and garlic low and slow for about 5 minutes.
3. Add drained and chopped anchovies and all the herbs/spices. Fry low and slow until the ingredients get all melty and look a bit like cat food.
4. Drain pasta, toss through sauce and garnish with some lovely chopped parsley and maybe a squeeze of lemon. If you have gone for the no-anchovy option and are using just onion, add parmesan.