Pasta with Anchovies

Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Is A Twist On A Recipe My Mom Made For Years

Pasta with anchovies is a Chinese inspired recipe.   A traditional Chinese ingredient replaced with anchovies and angel hair pasta smashed with traditional Chinese mixture scallion, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.  Hmmm….this is heaven.



Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - It is a Chinese inspired dish from an heirloom recipe.  Super tasty and easy to make for a quick meal.


Total Time:
15-20 Minutes
Prep Time
: 5 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 10-15 Minutes  
Serving: 4




If I tell you that this is inspired by my mom’s traditional Chinese recipe, would that surprise you?

My mom used to make this dish with noodles as thin as angel hair with shrimp roe and topped it with scallion and ginger infused oil.

Funny that I was never a big fan of that dish because the kind of noodles she used.  I still ate it because mom would not cook something extra if her children didn’t want to eat certain things on the dining table.  If you didn’t want to eat, you were on your own.

Anyway, I was thinking of her and this dish one day.  I knew that I never like the kind of noodle she used.  But the shape and look of angel hair is the closest I could find to replace the original noodles and still keep its original look.

Anchovies may not be a very common ingredient in many households.  But if you like the Chinese ginger and scallion flavors, you will be addicted to this pasta recipe.

Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - A traditional Chinese ingredient replaced with anchovies and angel hair pasta smashed with other Chinese ingredients.  Yummy!

CHEF NOTES

I use anchovies because of the shrimp roe in the noodles my mom used to use in her original recipe.  It gives the dish some flavor and scent from the sea.  But do feel free to skip this ingredient.

Anchovy filet and anchovy paste can substitute each other.  The paste is certainly easier to get the oil infused.


Pasta with Anchovies Recipe and Instructions

Ingredients

1 lb Angel Hair
6 Scallions (chopped; save about 1-2 tbsp for garnish later)
1/2 tsp Dried Ginger Powder
4 Anchovy Fillets
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Superior Light Soy Sauce
2 tsp Superior Dark Soy Sauce
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 tsp Salt (divided)
1 tbsp Canola Oil
1 pot Water

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  2. Add 1 tsp Salt, 1 tbsp Canola Oil and pasta; quick stir and cook until al dente and drain.
  3. Use the same pot and heat extra virgin olive oil at medium high heat.
  4. When you see oil start to rubble, add anchovies and use spatula to cut it into smaller pieces; constantly stirring around until it is melted and infused oil.
  5. Stir in scallions, ginger, remaining salt and crushed red peppers (this ingredient can be in before/after the anchovy).
  6. Add soy sauces and sesame oil and toss to coat pasta.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with the rest of scallions.


Pasta with Anchovies Steps with Photos

Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Bring a big pot of water to boil and stir in pastaBring a big pot of water to boil and stir in pasta
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Chop scallion and save 1-2 tbsp for garnish laterChop scallion and save 1-2 tbsp for garnish later
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Use the same pot, heat extra virgin olive oil and red pepper flakesUse the same pot, heat extra virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Add anchovy fillets/paste and stir until melted and infused oilAdd anchovy fillets/paste and stir until melted and infused oil
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Add scallion, ginger and saltAdd scallion, ginger and salt
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Stir in sesame oil and light soy sauceStir in sesame oil and light soy sauce
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Stir in dark soy sauce last to keep scallion in vibrant colorStir in dark soy sauce last to keep scallion in vibrant color
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Toss to coat angel hair pastaToss to coat angel hair pasta
Pasta with Anchovies | Chinese Inspired Anchovy Scallion Noodle Recipe - Garnish with scallion saved earlier and serve immediatelyGarnish with scallion saved earlier and serve immediately


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