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How big is an anchovy? It’s a question I’ve asked myself several times this week. Homemade pasta sauce recipe nz More often than not those 30g tins of fillets in oil are the smallest things in my shopping basket and yet for something so small, they loom large in my kitchen. Tomato pasta sauce using passata Fully grown, they measure about 30cm longer than the tiny fillets I melt in a pan each time I’ve a soup to make or some pasta that needs an extra oomph flavour-wise.

Much like the salt they’ve historically been used to substitute, anchovies have that quality of being equally at home in the limelight – the flourish on a pissaladière – or milling around in the background, in say, a nasi goreng.

Homemade pasta sauce healthy They can add depth of flavour without the slightest whiff of anything fishy. Homemade tomato spaghetti sauce fresh tomatoes Anchovies may be fish, but that’s not all they are. Best homemade pasta sauce fresh tomatoes “They’re magic,” a friend said, with her first spoonful of these winning tomatoes. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe Slow-roasted tomatoes with anchovy and seaweed butter

Sometimes, it’s the little things. Easy homemade white sauce for pasta The toasted nori flecks and speckles of lemon zest in an anchovy butter is such a good idea, DetoutcoeurLimousin, I’m struggling to think of something savoury that would not welcome a dollop of this.

1 Set the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. How to make homemade sauce for pasta Add all the anchovy and seaweed butter ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth and well mixed.

2 Put the tomatoes in a roasting dish. Pasta sauce homemade Add 2-3 tsp of the butter and roast in the preheated oven for 30-45 minutes, or until the tomatoes have softened.

3 Serve the tomatoes and their juices hot, stirred through pasta, dolloped on to bowls of rice or grains, or spread on slices of toast. Sauce for pasta with chicken And do pretty much the same with the remaining butter – spread on hot toast, mix into hot pasta, dot over roasted veg or baked potatoes. Recipe for homemade pasta sauce Anchovy cream

Midwintersnow sent in a Swedish childhood fave – a fishy cream to spread on toast or fill a jacket potato. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch with fresh tomatoes Swedish tinned anchovies (which you can buy online) come pickled and spiced, with cinnamon, ginger and sandalwood. Homemade fresh tomato pasta sauce They’re as sweet-salty as their Mediterranean counterparts but they’re not anchovies, despite what it says on the very pretty pink tin. Best homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch They’re sprats. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to can And with cream, they’re also wonderful.

3 Either use on toast or jacket potatoes, or as a dip with roast veg, or freeze in portions for future baked-potato emergencies. Sauce for pasta and sausage Anchovy and mozzarella baguette

Another mum special, which Arianz and his family ate on lazy Sunday nights, in front of Happy Days. Making homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch I made these for several consecutive breakfasts, which were just as happy – everyone loved them.

1 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce Cut the baguettes in half, then slice at regular intervals on the diagonal, taking care not to cut all the way through the loaf – as you would when making garlic bread.

2 Put the half loaves in rectangles of tin foil on a baking tray, and drizzle with milk. Homemade tomato pasta sauce Set aside for 8-10 minutes, or until the milk has been absorbed.

Faye Cooke AKA @borrowedbread’s tart is a mash-up of two anchovy staples: the puttanesca pasta sauce and the niçois pizza-lookalike. Best homemade spaghetti sauce recipe for canning An inspired combination.

1 Put the oil, onions, garlic and thyme in a pan, then simmer very slowly for about 30 minutes, or until the onions are sweet and soft enough to crush with a wooden spoon. Tomato pasta sauce with cream cheese Stir frequently.

2 Add the sun-dried tomatoes, capers and chilli flakes to the pan and leave to cool slightly while you prepare the pastry. Homemade pasta sauce to freeze Preheat your oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5.

4 Spread the onion mixture over the pastry. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe paula deen Arrange the anchovies on top in a lattice effect and place a black olive in the centre of each diamond.

5 Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked and the onions are golden. Homemade tomato and basil pasta sauce Divide into six slices and serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Homemade spaghetti sauce from ketchup Chilli and anchovy kale

Anchovy in a dressing works with almost any veg and every texture, but kale is especially accommodating of its saltiness. Best homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes This piquant sauce by Justine Wall is sublime.

1 In a small frying pan, fry the onion, garlic, anchovies and chilli flakes in the oil and butter until the onion is soft and translucent (this should take about 10 minutes). Making pasta sauce from scratch with tomatoes Remove from the heat, and stir through the seasoning and lemon juice. Making sauce for pasta Set aside.

Bobby Ananta has a knack for combining several instances of the star ingredient in one dish and this is a prime example: the paste base uses melting tinned anchovy fillets, while the final dish sports the tiny fish whole, dried, fried and crunchy. Homemade pasta sauce for toddlers It’s a powerfully spiced dish – you might want to tone down the chilli and pepper. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch The dried anchovies are available from Asian grocers – wonderful for making Japanese and Korean fish stock.

2 Peel the cucumber, then slice in half. Tomato pasta sauce recipe jamie oliver Remove the seeds and discard. Pasta sauce homemade recipe Dice the rest and mix in a small bowl with the rice wine vinegar and set aside.

3 In a food processor, blitz the shallots, garlic, ginger, chillies, white pepper, Szechuan pepper, cumin, nutmeg and soft anchovies into smooth paste.

5 Drain the basmati rice, then add it to the wok and stir well. White sauce recipe for pasta by sanjeev kapoor Cook for about 3 minutes. Tomato pasta sauce with hidden veg recipe Add the fried anchovies and makrut lime leaves, then stir well.