Garlicky linguine with cabbage & anchovy

Garlicky linguine with cabbage & anchovy

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
This thrifty pasta dish of Savoy greens and crispy 'pangrattato' breadcrumbs is delicious in its simplicity

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal622
  • fat23g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs82g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein22g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 small Savoy cabbage, cut into 1cm-wide slices
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 5 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
  • 50g can anchovy in olive oil



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • large pinch crushed chilli flakes

For the crispy crumbs

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 50g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 tbsp freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan


  1. Cook the linguine in a large pan of boiling, salted water following pack instructions, adding the cabbage for the final 4 mins of cooking time.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a very small saucepan and gently cook the garlic. As soon as it starts to turn golden, lift out with a fork and set aside – it’s very important that the garlic does not brown or it will spoil the flavour of the oil.

  3. Add the anchovies and their oil, and cook for 1-2 mins, mashing with a fork. Add about 150ml of hot water (take a ladle or two from the pasta pan) and simmer very gently until the pasta is ready.

  4. To make the crumbs, heat the oil in a large pan and cook the bread and parsley, stirring frequently, for 5 mins until crisp and golden. Mix in the cheese.

  5. Drain the pasta quite lightly and return to the pan. Add the anchovy sauce, garlic, chilli and plenty of black pepper. Toss well to combine, then divide between bowls, scatter with the hot crumbs and serve.

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Chrispops's picture
27th Mar, 2020
Excellent, tasty, easy recipe. Out of anchovies or if a veggie - I substituted with capers, lemon zest & juice & wholegrain mustard - it was awesome. Next day left overs cold with salad were great too. Used a whole cabbage from the veg box - will do again - thank you.
jadedermody's picture
29th Nov, 2016
A very flavoursome simple dish that I will b making again
Badfiggle's picture
16th Nov, 2015
Have already made this once before. I added king prawns, which were awesome. The crumb mix is a must. I left out the chilli as we're not very good with heat but it's a great recipe and very easy. Making it for dinner this evening with prawns again
15th Sep, 2014
I always cook it without the breadcrumbs (it causes digestion problems), but otherwise it's a steady favourite. Sometimes I only make the cabbage and mix it with basic risotto. Delightful!
29th Jan, 2013
pretty good, definitely exceeded expectations! Only thing changed was I used fresh chilli
4th Jan, 2013
Made this for my family (two children aged 7 and 14). Whilst my husband and I thought the dish was okay, the children didn't like it at all. Whilst it looks very simple, three aspects of the meal are being cooked at the same time which made it a bit stressful. If I chose to make this again, I would use less oil and I wouldn't cook the breadcrumbs with the parsley in them, I would simply stir the fresh parsley into the crumbs before serving, since when cooked the parsley looked black and lost its flavour.
8th Dec, 2012
Interesting. I tend to leave out the breadcrumbs though as they went a bit doughy when I tried it first. Made it a couple times.
8th Nov, 2012
Really tasty, I was a bit worried about the amount of garlic but tasted great.
18th Oct, 2012
this was lovely, but don't do what my husband did and leave out the breadcrumbs & the chilli! All the ingredients are needed...
18th Sep, 2012
This was really good although it's hard to go wrong with pasta + garlic + anchovies + heaps of oil. We've also made versions of this with broccoli, courgette, cauliflower and aubergine, also highly recommended.


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