Friday, April 22, 2011

Comfort food: Tuyo pasta with capers, olives and tomatoes

I guess the title says it all. Today being a Good Friday, fasting was the order of the day and there wasn't much food in the house. The market wasn't open either, as did most stores and restaurants. What to do? Rummage the ref and the kitchen for whatever we've stocked up on. Hence, it was time to make tuyo pasta or Pinoy-style dried salted fish with capers, olives and tomatoes.

We just follow the basic puttanesca recipe and in this case, the tuyo replaces the anchovies. It is important though to use bottled tuyo in olive oil or some such that are available in supermarkets. This way you won't have a hard time flaking the fish.

First thing to do is cook your pasta in a pot. In this case, I chose good' ol spaghetti.

Next I heated my nonstick pan with extra-virgin olive oil. Saute the garlic and tomatoes until wilted. Add sliced capers, olives and the flaked tuyo.

Sizzle things up with some red pepper chili flakes. Add your pasta and mix.

Put in a plate and top with parmesan cheese... as much as you wish. Enjoy!:)