Pasta With Tomatoes, Anchovy And Chillies

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Ease of Cooking

Method of Cooking

Prep Time
10 minutes

Cooking Time
20 minutes

4 servings


  • 400 grams dried spaghetti or linguine
  • Olive oil, for frying and drizzling
  • 2–3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 dried red chilli, crumbled or chopped into small pieces
  • 50 grams tin anchovies in oil, drained and finely chopped
  • 200 grams pitted black olives, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • 250 grams cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Basil leaves, to garnish


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, according to packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a wide high-sided frying pan or sauté pan over a medium heat and add a glug of olive oil.
  3. Fry the garlic, chilli and anchovies for 1–2 minutes until the garlic is aromatic and the anchovy is beginning to melt into the oil.
  4. Add the olives, capers and tomatoes to the pan and stir over a medium heat for 4–5 minutes until the tomatoes have collapsed and everything is well combined.
  5. Drain the pasta and toss in the pan with the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary (you probably won’t need any salt because of the saltiness of the anchovies, olives and capers).
  6. Serve drizzled with a little olive oil and garnished with basil leaves.

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