Anchovy & Garlic Pasta

Lee Thayer


Basic but flavorful pasta or noodle dish.Wide open to changes as you like, for instance when I made this a few days ago, I used Japanese soba noodles and added a few chopped tor tomatoes, perfect.


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10 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1
    tin anchovy fillets in olive oil, 47 to 55 gram tin
  • 6 clove
    garlic, smashed and minced
  • 2-3
    spirals fettuccine pasta
  • ·
    black pepper to taste
  • ·
    fresh parsley, chopped, optional
  • ·
    parmesan cheese, grated, optional

How to Make Anchovy & Garlic Pasta


  1. For the anchovies, I have used small tins (cans) and jarred fillets, both in olive oil. The tin are easy, just one tin needed, for jarred (normally fragile fillets or rather mush) use two big spoons of anchovy 'mush' and oil.
  2. Fettuccine that I buy, and all brands that I have seen here, the pasta is in little spirals in the package. I normally use 2-3 spirals for 2 servings. This is a 250 gram pack that has 6 spirals, this is imported from Italy and is surprisingly low cost. One spiral is about 40 grams. You can also use spaghetti or even soba noodles. Amount to use is for 2-3 servings.
  3. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 5 minutes, drain well, and set aside. If using soba noodles, cook in unsalted boiling water until tender then drain well.
  4. Heat a heavy non-stick skillet over low heat, add the garlic and open the tin of anchovies and dump the contents into the pan (if using jarred, about 2 spoon plus oil), season with black pepper to your liking, use a spatula to break up the anchovies a bit most will basically melt into the olive oil, cook until garlic just begins to brown, 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add the well drained pasta or noodles and mix to coat the pasta well and heat through, remove from heat. This is 2 spirals of fettuccine pasta used.
  6. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve as a side with any dish.

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About Anchovy & Garlic Pasta

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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