The name of this traditional sauce from the Piedmont region of Italy means literally “warm bath.” Serve warm with plenty of fresh vegetables and bread for dipping.

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Instructions Checklist
  • When garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze cloves out of their skins into a small bowl. Mash with a fork.

  • Combine garlic, oil and anchovies in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, until the garlic and anchovies have broken down completely, about 15 minutes. Stir in crushed red pepper. Serve warm.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate tightly covered for up to 2 days.

Tip: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place each head of garlic on a piece of foil, drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil and wrap into a package. Place the packages directly on the oven rack and roast until cloves are soft, 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

112.5 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 0.8g; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugarsg; fat 11.7g 18% DV; saturated fat 1.7g 8% DV; cholesterol 2.4mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 6IU; vitamin c 0.8mg 1% DV; folate 0.4mcg; calcium 10.9mg 1% DV; iron 0.2mg 1% DV; magnesium 2.6mg 1% DV; potassium 25.3mg 1% DV; sodium 104.4mg 4% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV.