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I’m ending out 2013 with a two-in-one post: a traditional recipe that tries out something new AND a giveaway! Get ready to enter to win a great prize from Catelli Pasta!

We start by mixing the old with the new, just in time for New Years. With more and more frequency, we’re encountering dinner guests to our house who must avoid gluten (a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and some other grains). That means our quick go-to pasta recipes are out and our homemade pasta is definitely not an option. In order to enjoy our pasta dinners, we’ve had guests actually bring their own gluten-free pasta to dinner, which is unacceptable to us as hosts. So we’ve been searching out pasta options for our guests and Catelli recently shared their Catelli Gluten Free Pasta with me to try. It is made with rice, corn and quinoa and is produced in a dedicated gluten free facility, so I can guarantee my guests a meal they don’t have to worry about.

A good pasta has to hold up to a traditional recipe, so I tried it with Sicilian Anchovy Pasta. The pasta definitely has the right taste, it’s very close to traditional white/wheat pasta, so you and your guests shouldn’t notice a taste difference. The cooking time is much quicker than “regular” pasta so be sure to use the timing on the box and keep it “al dente” (still firm, but not hard). As with most gluten-free pastas, when overcooked, the pasta may begin to break apart. Time it well, like with this recipe below, and you’ll have no problems.

If you like this recipe, or have one of your own you want to try out, you are in luck!

The good folks at Catelli are offering two lucky readers of this blog a Catelli prize pack: 12 boxes of pasta for you to enjoy at home!

To enter to win: Leave a comment on this blog post about what new recipes or ingredients you are going to try in the new year by January 6.

Want a second entry? If you are a subscriber, or sign up now to be a subscriber to An Italian-Canadian Life, your name will be entered in the draw twice. Use the Subscribe form at the top, right hand side of the blog (enter the same email address that you use to leave your comment).

A winner will be chosen, using a random generator, on January 6 at midnight. Enjoy the recipe and I’m looking forward to your entries!

Sicilian Anchovy Pasta
340g pasta (I used Catelli Gluten-Free Spaghetti and served four)
2 cloves of garlic
10 anchovy fillets
dried hot pepper flakes
olive oil
Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

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This recipe comes together quick, so be sure to have all your ingredients on hand. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once it comes to a rolling boil, season the water with salt and add in the pasta. Using the Catelli Gluten Free pasta, you have a seven minute cook time and the sauce can come together just in that time.

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Chop your garlic into fine pieces. Feel free to add more or less garlic, depending on your preference.

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Using anchovies from a tin, remove them from the oil and pat them dry with a paper towel. Roughly chop the anchovy fillets. Don’t worry about big pieces, the anchovies will mostly dissolve when cooked.

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In a separate pan, heat olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the frying pan, on medium-low heat. Add the garlic and sautee for one to two minutes. Keep an eye the garlic throughout this process, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t brown or burn. Add in the anchovies and cook for two minutes more. Finally add in the hot pepper flakes if desired.

Once your seven minutes has elapsed, or your pasta is at al dente, drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 a cup of the pasta water. Mix the pasta and pasta water in the frying pan with your sauce. Toss to coat well.

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Serve immediately. Sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as desired and a drizzle of olive oil. Good luck everyone with the contest!

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We have our winners: Congratulations Imperia and Carmen! Check your email for details.

The winners were selected using Random.org, those who commented and were also subscribers to the blog got two entries. Thanks everyone for participating and many thanks to Catelli for offering this prize for our readers. Good luck everyone with all your new adventures in 2014!

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