• This deceptively easy anchovy spaghetti is an Italian classic that you can put together in minutes with just a handful of store-cupboard ingredients. The perfect dish is for when a 3 p.m. hang turns into a dinner party or when you’ve had too long of a day at work! Make this perfectly simple and delish pantry pasta.

    Lunch, Dinner
    Serves: 2
    Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 15 mins Total Time: 25 mins


    • 200 g spaghetti
    • 50 g can anchovies in oil
    • 1 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1⁄2 tsp crushed chilli flakes



    Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling, salted water according to the pack instructions.


    Meanwhile, pour the oil from the can of anchovies into a very small saucepan and cook the capers for 2–3 mins until crisp. Lift the capers out onto a plate, then turn the heat down low and add the 1 tbsp olive oil.


    Add the sliced garlic to the pan and cook for 5 min without colouring. Add the anchovies and cook for 2 min, whisking to break them up. Add the chilli flakes and a ladleful (about 100 ml) of cooking water from the spaghetti, and continue to simmer gently until the pasta is cooked.


    Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Add the anchovy sauce and toss well together. Divide between shallow bowls, grind over plenty of black pepper, and scatter over the crispy capers.


    TIP: If you have any fresh parsley or chives on hand, chop and toss in with the spaghetti just before serving

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