Pasta con le sarde

The pasta with sardines (“pasta cche sadde” in Sicilian dialect) is a typical dish of Sicilian cuisine. The main ingredients are sardines, pasta and wild fennel. Sardinian is a blue fish, widely spread in the Mediterranean sea. It belongs to the same group of anchovies ,but it is greasy and must be cooked no more than eight hours after fishing (to not change its flavor). In the pasta with the sardines, they use the more tender and the greenest parts, the youngest sprouts, and the typical beards of wild fennel that can be found in the countryside from spring to autumn, that is the same time when you can find in the markets the fresh sardines. The other ingredients of the “classic” recipe are: onions, salted anchovies, sultanas, pine nuts, saffron, oil, salt and pepper.