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Spaghetti with anchovies puntarelle and zucchini flowers

Fast and cheap seafood first course

by Ada Parisi
5 min read
Pasta con alici, puntarelle e fiori di zucca

Spaghetti with anchovies puntarelle and zucchini flowers. Today a very quick seafood first course, Prepared with oily fish, Low in fat, Friend of portfolios and health and combine it with two Roman traditional products: chicory and pumpkin flowers. A simple but refined recipe, Variant of a simple dish such as pasta with anchovies. You have already tried my PASTA WITH PESTO ALICI, CITRUS FRUITS AND FENNEL or the ANCHOVY ROLLS WITH ZUCCHINI FLOWERS AND LEMON?

I decided to use Few ingredients but colorful, focusing on net flavors and spring colors. I wanted to make a dish you can prepare in minutes, just recently returned from a dip in the water. And that enhances the flavor and softness of anchovies thanks to the bitter and crunchy note of chicory. He could not miss the chili, nor a few pine nuts from my beloved Sicily. In addition to the inevitable lemon peel, that blend perfectly with the scent of fish. If you love this type of recipes, Also have a look at all my RECIPES WITH BLUE FISH and my SICILIAN RECIPES. And if you are lucky enough to find fresh zucchini flowers, also check out the PIZZA ZUCCHINI FLOWERS ANCHOVIES AND STRACCHINO CHEESE, the WHITE LASAGNA WITH ZUCCHINI FLOWERS and the very fast ZUCCHINI FLOWERS STUFFED WITH MOZZARELLA AND ANCHOVIES, baked.

As you all know I'm Sicilian, Sicilian, vivo ma Rome: this time I wanted to pay homage to the capital with a really simple dish. Reinterpreting the Roman tradition of chicory seasoned with anchovies and stuffed zucchini flowers, combining these two plates and turning them into a first by brackish and citrus scents, Typical of my Sicily. And imagining cook this dish to the sea, maybe in my summer house, from which you hear the sound of the waves. Have a good day!

Pasta con alici, puntarelle e fiori di zucca


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


350 g spaghetti

250 grams of already cleaned anchovies

150 grams of zucchini flowers

250 grams of chicory

extra virgin olive oil

two cloves of garlic

a small piece of chili pepper

8-10 Cetara anchovies, desalted and boned

a handful of pine nuts

half a glass of dry white wine

salt and pepper

grated rind of one lemon organic

lemon thyme


Spaghetti with anchovies, chicory and Zucchini Flowers

Clean the pumpkin flowers by removing the inside and making them into strips. Brown the poached garlic and finely chopped chilli in a pan, join boned anchovies, desalted and made into small pieces, stirring until it is dissolved.

Add chicory, thyme, lemon and toasted pine nuts. Season with salt, pepper and cook for 5 minutes over high heat. Deglaze with white wine and, When the alcohol has evaporated, add the fresh anchovies and lemon zest and toss the increasingly high heat without stirring, so that the fish will not come apart too. Remove garlic and set aside.

Boil the pasta in salted water and drain it al dente, putting aside cooking water. Sauté the spaghetti in a pan with the sauce and add the zucchini flowers, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a little cooking water. Serve the pasta and garnish the dish with a puntarella and flower from raw pumpkin, and some lemon zest. Bon appétit!


MATCHING: Freshness is the word that comes to mind watching this dish. So how cool is the wine that we offer: confident (i.e.: Magic) a superior Vermentino di Sardegna DOCG produced by the Siddura Cellars, a Luogosanto. This presents white light spicy aromas, the palate is soft and savory at the same time. A full-bodied Vermentino though finely balanced.

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Rosy March 25, 2015 - 19:49

last minute Recipe.
In the absence of pine nuts I used pistachios, the frozen tuna instead of anchovies.
A tasty alternative.
Kisses, beautiful tireless cook.
P.S. It also lacked the flowers…. SIC!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen March 26, 2015 - 14:54

I'd say you've made a recipe totally your! But I'm grateful to have been inspired by me, because you know that I think the imagination in the kitchen is a must! Kisses to you dear! And thanks!

silvio April 28, 2014 - 23:29

Simply DIVINE!!!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen April 28, 2014 - 23:35

But grazieeee!!!!! You've made me happy, tonight I will have sweet dreams! ADA

Mafalda 22 April 2014 - 23:11

Proven and and’ spectacular!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen April 23, 2014 - 14:28

Thanks Mafalda!!!! And congratulations to the cannoli! A hug, ADA


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