Sometimes the best pasta dishes are the simple ones, with a few powerful ingredients. This dish uses anchovies, which impart a deep (but not fishy flavor) and lots of garlic and some pepper flakes for a kick. The spinach and the breadcrumbs add some additional brightness and crunch. And the best thing is, you can throw this pasta dinner together in the last minute.
Putanesca has all of my favorite antipasti ingredients combined into one delicious sauce: olives, roasted peppers, capers and anchovies. Most recipes call for eating this sauce over pasta, but I was inspired by a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis where she paired it with fish - and I was sold. The salty and spicy sauce tastes perfect paired with any simply seared white fish and this bright arugala and fennel salad.
Sometimes, its fun for the kids (and adults) to have a platter or raw veggies with a great dip, at dinner. I love this green-goddess dip, adapted from the Barefoot Contessa, with its fresh basil, scallions and lemon. This recipe makes a good amount, so place the extra in a ball jar – you will want to dip everything in it!