Spaghetti with Anchovies, Garlic, Chilli, Lemon and Basil

Posted By Kerri

I had a spaghetti craving last night and while thinking about what to cook for dinner this evening, we came up with this.

While the spaghetti was boiling, Stephen fried some garlic and chilli. After a few minutes, he added the anchovies and cooked them down. When the spaghetti was cooked, we threw the garlic, chilli and anchovy mixture into the pasta; added some lemon juice, torn basil leaves and parmesan and then finished with some oil, black pepper and pine nuts.

It was really tasty, particularly considering how quick it was to cook and how few ingredients were required. The variations are endless too, I think capers would work instead of anchovies and some roasted cherry tomatoes would be brilliant. Asparagus or broad beans would be a great addition too. I’m sure we’ll be eating this again soon.

May 27th, 2008

3 Comments to 'Spaghetti with Anchovies, Garlic, Chilli, Lemon and Basil'

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  1. Su-Lin said,

    Love this combo! A little fancier than the usual aglio e olio, I guess!

  2. Ros said,

    Oh, good, so I’m not the only one that gets big pasta cravings then? I’ve done a similar dish when I’ve had that overwhelming need for carbs. I think I had it with freshly steamed mussels but anchovies sound like a great idea and so much more convenient.

  3. Kerri said,

    A little fancier Su-Lin but not much more difficult I don’t think 🙂

    I manage to keep my pasta cravings under control most of the time Ros but when they hit, you just have to give in to them! I love pasta and mussels, we haven’t had that for a while actually, hmmm…..!

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