St. Joseph’s Day Pasta Recipe

Hello everybody! Today I am sharing with you this easy St. Joseph’s Day recipe. St. Joseph’s Day is on March 19th and it is in celebration of St. Joseph, (San Giuseppe). The breadcrumbs are to resemble wood dust, since he was a carpenter. Anchovies are used in this recipe since it falls during Lent, so no meat can be used. Watch how I prepare this dish in the video below and/or continue reading for the written recipe.


  • 1 lb. mafaldine
  • 2 oz. anchovies
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Start by bringing a pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta as per the package instructions. Save 4 ladles of the water used to cook the pasta before draining to use later.

To prepare the breadcrumbs, pour the olive oil into a frying pan and place over a medium flame. Once the oil is warmed up, add the breadcrumbs and stir. Lower the flame and continue to stir the oil and breadcrumbs until all of the breadcrumbs are fully coated with oil. The breadcrumbs will turn a golden color when ready. Make sure the breadcrumbs are still dry so it resembles wood dust. Put into a bowl and set aside.

Drizzle some olive oil into a frying pan and fry the anchovies over a medium flame. Once the anchovies are mostly melted down, for the last 3-4 minutes of frying, lower the flame so that the oil is not too hot. Stir in two handfuls of the fried breadcrumbs to the anchovies and oil. Add the 4 ladles of pasta water to the frying pan and stir all together.

Put the pasta in a serving dish and pour the anchovy sauce on top and mix. Sprinkle the fried breadcrumbs on top and serve. Enjoy and cin cin!

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