|Thai-Talian Sardine & Tomato Pasta Sauce|
Carefully drain the oil from one tin of sardines into a saucepan (see
notes). Slowly bring up the heat (to avoid the juices in the oil spitting
to much). Add the onions, & fry gently for a minute, then add the garlic,
stir for a minute, then add the chiles. Just before the onions are really
soft, add the contents of the tin of tomatoes. Break tomatoes up (if they
are not already chopped), bring to the boil, then cover & simmer gently,
About 5 minutes before the pasta is done, add the sardines to the sauce & stir to break up the fish. After a couple of minutes, add the Fish Sauce & lime or lemon juice (if used). Check for seasoning, & add more fish sauce & lime/lemon if needed, & some black pepper. If the sauce looks to watery, leave the lid off for the last couple of minutes
Just before the pasta is cooked, add the coriander (cilantro) and stir, then remove from heat.
Drain pasta, mix with the sauce & serve with a little extra coriander,
lemon/lime wedges, & finely chopped or sliced chile.
Sardines - I find that using the canning oil to fry the onions etc. adds to the flavour. If you use two tins, use only the oil from one of them - discard the rest. If you are fat conscious, then sardines canned in brine or water are fine (but discard the liquid). Use fresh if you want (but add to the sauce earlier). For the last two options, you will need to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the recipe.
Make the sauce without the sardines, cook only for about 10 minutes, then use it as a sauce to cover & bake fresh fish (eg Mackerel). Garnish with sliced bell pepper, cover and bake for about 20 mins at gas mark 5/190°C/375°F
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