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Garlicky linguine with cabbage & anchovy

Garlicky linguine with cabbage & anchovy

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

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

Nutrition: per serving


  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 small Savoy cabbage , cut into 1cm-wide slices
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves , thickly sliced
  • 50g can anchovy in olive oil
  • large pinch crushed chilli flakes

For the crispy crumbs

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan


  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2012

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