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Spaghetti with Sardine-Fennel Sauce and Spinach Salad

Spaghetti with Sardine-Fennel Sauce and Spinach Salad


  • Salt

  • 1 pound spaghetti or whole wheat spaghetti

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 bulb fennel with fronds-bulb cored and thinly sliced crosswise,fronds chopped

  • 1 tin sardines, chopped

  • One can crushed tomatoes (15 ounces)

  • 1 cup chicken or seafood broth

  • 1/2-3/4 cup dry white wine

  • 1/3 golden raisins

  • Pepper

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 6 cups chopped spinach

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain. While the pasta is working, in a large, deep skillet, heat three tablespoons EVOO, about three turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and garlic and cook for two minutes. Stir in the sliced fennel and the sardines and cook until the fennel is softened, about seven minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth, wine, raisins and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for five minutes. Stir in the butter.

In a salad bowl, whisk together the mustard and vinegar and the remaining three tablespoons EVOO. Add the spinach and red onion; toss.

Toss the spaghetti with the sardine-fennel sauce; top with the pine nuts and fennel fronds. Serve the salad alongside.