Some foods are best when left simple. This is the case with Bottarga, it is a type of caviar that is highly coveted by the Sicilians. Bottarga is either tuna roe or mullet roe that is grated over pasta. Our Sicilian friend had us over for this amazing dish, since then we've been making it on our own. He used squid-ink pasta, the ink adds a salty-sweetness to the dish. I highly recommend finding this pasta as it will add lots of flavor. The recipe is fast and delicious and you only need 4 ingredients.Too bad I was so eager to eat it...I forgot to take a picture, but if you like caviar you will probably love this dish. If you look online, you can find pictures of the squid ink pasta and pictures of Bottarga...now go get some and make yourself this dish!
400 grams ink pasta
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1. Fill pot with water (for pasta), when it comes to a boil, salt the water and add the pasta cooking until al dente--follow the directions on the package.
2. In a pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, approximately 1-2 minutes.
3. When pasta is done, drain and add to pan with garlic and oil.
4. There are two variations on how to add the Bottarga, you an either add it to the oil (after the garlic is done) and let cook VERY briefly, add the pasta and toss together--OR--you can add the pasta to the garlic-oil mixture, grate the Bottarga on top, then toss.
Serve with a side salad, I used kale as the bitterness from the kale salad complements the salty-sweet pasta.