Wilipedia explains: "The "Feast of the Seven Fishes" is said to have come from Southern Italy, but today is a completely Italian-American celebration.
A dinner on Christmas Eve is celebrated with meals of fish and seafood, but there may be seven, eight, or even nine specific fishes that are considered traditional.
Aglio ed Olio (Garlic and Oil)Ingredients
- 3-4 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 3-4 Cloves of garlic
- 1-2 Cans of anchovies in oil
- 1 lb. of your favorite pasta
- Salt and pepper to taste
Put olive oil in sauté pan over medium-low heat.
Add minced garlic.
Slowly cook garlic. (Be careful not to burn the garlic, as it will turn bitter. )
Add anchovies and crumble with a fork. Set aside.
Cook pasta in about 4 quarts of water. Add a dash of salt, pepper, and oil.
(The oil seems to keep the pasta from sticking.)
After the pasta is cooked, reserve about 11/2 cups of the pasta water. The pasta water is your liquid for the sauce. Drain pasta.
Put the pasta water back in the sauce pan with the garlic, olive oil and anchovies. Reheat the mixture. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you.
Toss the completed mixture with the pasta. Reserve a small amount for additional sauce.
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