Spaghetti with broccoli & anchovies

Spaghetti with broccoli & anchovies

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(6 ratings)

Ready in 25-30 minutes


Serves 4
Make spaghetti more exciting with the addition of nuggets of anchovy and chilli

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal400
  • fat4g
  • saturates0.5g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 350g dried spaghetti
  • 350g broccoli



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 6 anchovies, chopped



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

  • 2 fresh red chillies, seeded and finely chopped



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 100g white breadcrumbs, made with stale bread


  1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water, according to packet instructions. Cut the broccoli into small florets, thinly slice the thick stalks and throw into the pan of pasta for the last 3 minutes of cooking time.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan, add the anchovies and chillies and fry briefly. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes until the crumbs are crunchy and golden.

  3. Drain the spaghetti and return to the pan. Toss with three quarters of the crumb mixture, some salt and pepper and another 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Serve each portion sprinkled with the remaining crumbs.

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2nd Jun, 2019
Love this! Full of flavour, and so easy. My "go to" midweek meal, especially when time is short
Cynthia G
4th Apr, 2017
Used a whole 50g can of anchovies, drained the oil and and made up to 3 tablespoons with olive oil for frying anchovies and breadcrumbs (I used brown breadcrumbs as didn't have white bread). Followed recipe exactly but stirred in a little lemon juice and black pepper at the end. Garnished with sliced basil leaves. It was delicious.
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21st May, 2015
made less for two but the sardines with chillies and breadcrumbs became more of a topping then a main ingredients. As I love sardines I think 2 tins will be needed in the future and poss try switching the chillies for red peppers to thicken it up.
14th Aug, 2014
I made this today. I reduced the ingredients as I was only cooking for myself. I used dried flaked chillies as I didn't have any fresh. Unfortunately my hand slipped a bit as I was adding them so I had a fiery hot meal. I also added more anchovies than I needed as I am rather partial to them but 5 anchovies made it very salty. So it wasn't the best meal this time round but I'll certainly make it again with a steadier hand and fewer anchovies.
11th Sep, 2013
Amazing pasta! This is my favorite pasta... I was introduced to this recipe by my darling Italian husband many years ago, one to try its really amazing, we use Orecchiette pasta which you can buy in tesco. Delicious!
11th Jan, 2012
so cheap to make a nice qwick meal thanks
12th Nov, 2011
I found this after just searching for broccoli to try and use it up. Thankfully we are also big anchovy and chilli lovers. Really easy to make and very tasty. I added Parmesan to serve which went very well
13th Apr, 2010
Really nice and simple to make!
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