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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  • 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 calories; 11.7 g total fat; 1.7 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 104 mg sodium. 25 mg potassium; 0.8 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 1 g protein; 6 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 11 mg calcium; 3 mg magnesium;