Pasta W/hard-boiled Eggs, Capers & Watercress Recipe

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Pasta w/Hard-Boiled Eggs, Capers & Watercress



An easy weeknight meal! Anchovies were omitted in this recipe. If you want to use them the amount called for was '4 anchovy fillets-minced'. To save time, hard boil the eggs the day before. which was in turn adapted from Bon Appetit.

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4 (estimated)


10 Min


10 Min


Stove Top


1/2 lb
campanelle pasta or similar
1/4 clove
olive oil, extra virgin
2 clove
garlic, peeled and finely minced
2-3 Tbsp
1/4 tsp
aleppo powder or crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 c
freshly grated parmesan (or any similar good quality, freshly grated italian cheese)
2 tsp
fresh lemon juice
hard boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
4 c
greens: watercress, arugula, baby spinach or similar
freshly grated nutmeg

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook campanelle/pasta in salted water until al dente; drain, *reserving* 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, heat oil over low heat on your smallest burner. Add anchovies (*if using*), garlic, capers, and aleppo powder or red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until anchovies dissolve, about 2 minutes. Note: If you do this before your pasta finishes cooking, just bring it back up to a simmer before tossing it with the pasta.
Place pasta in a large mixing bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons reserved cooking liquid, the warm olive oil/(anchovy) sauce, parmesan, lemon juice and freshly grated nutmeg. Taste. Add kosher salt and pepper to taste. Throw in eggs and greens. Toss again. Taste and add more pasta cooking liquid as needed until sauce coats pasta. You might want to add a splash more lemon juice, too. I usually end up using a quarter cup of the pasta cooking liquid and a squeeze more of lemon.
To serve, the pasta was transferred to a serving platter, drizzled with olive oil, another sprinkle of grated Parmesan, garnished with lemon zest and lemon slices.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian