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Spaghetti Corleonese (Pasta with Nuts, Raisins and Anchovies)

Spaghetti Corleonese (Pasta with Nuts, Raisins and Anchovies)

From: Chef/owner Tony Vallone, Tony's, Houston. Yield: 4-6 servings.

1 lb. spaghetti, fedelini or linguine

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

8 garlic cloves, minced

12 anchovy fillets

½ cup walnuts, chopped into large pieces

½ cup pignoli (pine nuts), lightly toasted

½ cup dark raisins, soaked in 2 Tbsp. dry Marsala or red wine and allowed to marinate 30 minutes (toss occasionally)

1 Tbsp. dried oregano, crushed

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

pinch of coarsley ground black pepper

4 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

10 large leaves fresh basil, torn

While pasta is cooking al dente, heat oil in large skillet. Add garlic and anchovies and saute over medium heat for 2 minutes. Mash the anchovies as you stir so that they dissolve into a paste.

Add nuts, raisins, wine marinade, oregano, pepper flakes and black pepper and allow to simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring all the while.

Drain pasta, but not too well. Put wet pasta back into cooking pot and toss well with sauce. Add parsley and basil and toss again. Serve at once.

Note: Pasta must contain a little water when put back into the pot. Sauce is enhanced when pasta is not totally dry.

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