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This May Be My New Favorite Pasta and a Couple of Secrets: Pasta Pissaladiere

March 12, 2013 by Joan Nova in Pasta, Recipe Development | 12 Comments

Secret #1 is I’m not a big fan of onions. I eat them but they’re not a pantry staple in the FOODalogue kitchen. It’s just not a ‘go to’ ingredient for me. For salads and many dishes, I prefer to use scallions or chives. But, I had a large vidalia onion and I wanted to use it up in one dish.

Once I got the idea for this pasta, I couldn’t get in the kitchen fast enough.

As may know, Pissaladiere is a delicious French pizza/tart characterized by a topping of caramelized onions, criss-crossed anchovies and black olives. (OK, you people who just wrinkled your nose at ‘anchovies’, try it. It’s not fishy. It’s nutty and salty.)

Tomatoes are not traditional to Pissaladiere, but I was making a pasta sauce so it just seemed necessary. I also had beautiful baby yellow squash so I decided to add that too. That’s optional, but recommended. Why not add other vegetables?

Wide pappardelle noodles made a nice base, much like the dough of a traditional pissaladiere.

Pasta Pissaladiere
France meets Italy.
Cuisine: Italian
  • large sweet onion (vidalia) thinly sliced
  • chopped tomatoes
  • fresh garlic chopped
  • tin of anchovies mashed
  • black pepper
  • (no salt or oil needed)
  • thyme
  • a little broth (optional)
  • sherry vinegar glaze
  • pat of butter to finish
  • yellow squash (optional)
  • grated cheese
  • pappardelle noodles
  • parsley
How To
  1. Mash tin of anchovies in skillet with its oil.
  2. Add sliced onions and cook on low heat to caramelize (about 20 minutes).
  3. Season with fresh ground black pepper and thyme.
  4. Add a little broth if needed to cook onions down.
  5. Add tomatoes and continue cooking (about another 10 minutes)
  6. When onions have wilted down, add a small amount of sherry vinegar glaze*.
  7. Add squash and cook another 10 minutes until onions are very soft and caramelized.
  8. Finish with a pat of butter.
  9. When plating, add grated cheese, chopped parsley and another round of black pepper.
*small amount of any vinegar, like balsalmic, reduced or made into syrup

Secret #2: Pasta is my nemesis. Portion control was not something we were taught growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. It’s only recently that I’ve been really good about pasta moderation.

Except today.

This was sooo good, I ate 2 plates!


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  1. bellini says:

    This is an inspired dish Joan with all the flavours of the French classic and more.

  2. Great ingredients! Love pasta any which way!

  3. Vicki says:

    That sounds so incredibly good I can’t wait to go home and cook it!
    I am an anchovy lover and this speaks to me loudly!
    Thank you Joan!

  4. This looks scrumptious and I adore all of the flavours in this dish, too, Joan.
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  5. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! says:

    Great idea Joni. I always make Pissaladieres for parties and Phil loves it becauseof the achovies. Will look for a Vidalia…..

  6. Beautiful…one of your best creative endeavours Joan. And I adore anchovies!
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  7. Peter says:

    Beautiful plating, I’d have two servings as well! I do love onions, leeks, scallions chives…all have their place in cooking.
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  8. Jean says:

    Love your pasta version of pissalidiere. Sometimes I skip onions altogether, too, but chives and scallions are always a nice way to finish a dish. This is beautiful!

  9. I almost missed this post, which was tucked away hiding. So glad I didn’t. I love pissaladiere, but, of course, never thought to put it on pasta. I just love your creativity. It always inspires.
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  10. Well…my problem is I love onions, anchovies…garlic…didn’t you use garlic? Great dish!
    I think I will make it tomorrow…

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