Spaghetti with Anchovy Sauce


I know that some people have a very strong opinion about anchovies.  Either they like them or they do not.  If you are the ones like me who were a anchovy hater, I wish you would give this recipe a try. IMGP8052

Honestly, I was an anchovy snob too. I saw anchovies as those cheap curled up nasty salty things put on top of pizzas.


I have discovered while making this recipe that anchovies have a salty mellow nutty taste. They have a savory taste not fishy at all.


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Spaghetti with Anchovy Sauce


1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic mashed into a paste
1 (2 oz) tin oil packed anchovies mashed into a paste
pinch crushed red chile flakes
4 tablespoon butter
8 oz spaghetti
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan for garnish


Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook stirring occasionally until golden 2-3 minutes. Add anchovy paste and chile flakes cook until browned 5-10 minutes. Reduce heat and add butter and stir until you have a smooth paste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil add salt to the water. Cook spaghetti until al dente 10-15 minutes.
Add spaghetti and parsley to skillet and season with pepper and salt. Garnish with cheese.

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4 Responses to “Spaghetti with Anchovy Sauce”

  1. #
    Bebe — July 15, 2014 at 5:48 am

    When in Italy I ate this pasta. Love it. I have a new appreciation for anchovies. I agree, the taste is nutty & not fishy like sardines.


  2. #
    Amila — July 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I like anchovies,but in other recipes.never thought of them in spaghetti,seems it is good and will give a try!


  3. #
    Kris ~ Big Rigs 'n Lil Cookies — February 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I have read before about using anchovies in sauces like this. I really do need to get past the whole anchovy thing and give them a try! I will let you know when I do!


  4. #
    lissett — April 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    What do u do with the olive oil


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