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.


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.

Peace be with you,