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Bigoli in sauce with anchovies, the tasty first course from Veneto

Bigoli in Salsa

From the Venetian tradition comes the simple and quick recipe for serving bigoli in sauce with anchovies, a typical fresh pasta.

To make lunch special, here is a first course from Veneto. Belonging to a long tradition, the recipe for bigoli in sauce is very tasty, as well as simple to make. Bigoli are a fresh pasta, with a rough and porous texture, very common in this area. In this preparation, they are served with a succulent sauce made with anchovies ; however, there are also other versions that plan to season it with anchovies or sardines. Flavored with a few common ingredients, including onion and parsley, this pasta is a real treat for a lunch with friends.

Bigoli in Salsa
Bigoli in Salsa

Preparing the recipe for bigoli in sauce

  1. Take a pan with a non-stick bottom and pour the oil into it, slowly.
  2. Peel and clean the onion, cutting it into very thin slices ; put the slices in the pan.
  3. Put on the stove and brown over low heat , stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, wash and cut the anchovies into small cubes .
  5. Add them to the pan and brown with the onion.
  6. Season with a pinch of pepper and, when they are perfectly cooked, turn off the heat.
  7. Fill a pot with water and salt it. Put it on the fire and, when it comes to a boil, dip the bigoli in it.
  8. Boil the fresh pasta for the indicated time; when they're al dente, they're ready to be drained! But remember to keep aside a ladle of cooking water.
  9. Pour the pasta into the pan with the sauce and add the cooking water, kept aside.
  10. Season with chopped parsley and stir for a couple of minutes on the heat, stirring to mix everything together.
  11. When ready, transfer to plates and serve.


The original recipe for bigoli in salsa is a simple and quick first course to enrich any lunch with flavour. Preservation is not recommended, because it is excellent if enjoyed at the moment.

The recipe for polenta e osei also comes from the Venetian tradition.

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