My Dad's Spaghetti and Anchovies

My Dad's Spaghetti and Anchovies

Author Notes: My Scottish born Italian father is a nutcase. He was a cook in the army in Ireland and had a fish and chip shop in Scotland, but has such a passion for pasta, like no one else I've known. One of his favorite dishes is Spaghetti with Anchovies; when he's going to make it, he claps his hands and rubs them together in anticipation of his culinary creation! The sauce is so simple, it's ready way before the pasta is finished cooking, and he's turned so many others into anchovy lovers with this recipe...I can't tell you how many times I've made this for him, since I was a little girl. Enjoy!Christina @ Christina's Cucina

Serves: 2 good sized portions


  • 8 ounces spaghetti (we love De Cecco)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons top quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 5 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed into a few pieces or finely chopped (as desired)
  • 1 heaped tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 or 5 anchovies, under oil
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
In This Recipe


  1. Cook spaghetti as instructed on package.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce by pouring the olive oil into a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook for a minute or two until it begins to release it's fragrance; turn the garlic. With the lid close at hand, add the parsley and cayenne pepper (if using) and cover with the lid to avoid the oil squirting.
  3. Add the anchovies, which will break up very quickly; sauté for a minute or two, stirring gently, then remove from heat. Immediately add the white wine, stir and cover with the lid until the pasta is ready.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, divide it into two bowls with a pasta fork, without completing draining all the liquid from the pasta. Add the anchovy sauce to the spaghetti in each bowl, and toss to coat. Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a glass of wine.

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4 Reviews

Regine February 25, 2014
Yum. I will make this soon. Plus it is so easy. But I will double and thus use a whole 16 oz or 1 lb pasta.
Author Comment
Christina @. March 8, 2014
Yes Regine, it is very easy to make! Glad you're going to give it a go!
creamtea February 25, 2014
I love your description of your father!
Author Comment
Christina @. February 25, 2014
Haha! You can see a picture of him here, and then you'll SEE what a nutcase he is! ;)