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Anchovy Spaghetti

by Adrianne

Anchovy Spaghetti is a quick and easy pasta that combines anchovies and capers. This Italian pasta with anchovies is for those nights when you need dinner on the table STAT!Anchovy Spaghetti on a white plate with fork and spoon twirled in the pasta

Spaghetti lovers will unite over the Smoked Salmon Spaghetti, the Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese, Tomato Spaghetti, Tuna Spaghetti and Instant pot Spaghetti Bolognese recipes we have on the blog! 

Italian Artichoke Pasta makes for a quick and easy tasty dinner idea! 

The Garlic Spaghetti recipe has to be the most fuss free pasta on the blog! 


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For vegetarian pasta ideas, the Pesto Penne and Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle deliver with taste and texture! 

Anchovy recipes

Anchovies are those salty little things people either love or pick off their pizza. 

Combined with capers, they are a match made in heaven. 

They are versatile enough to use in pasta, pesto or pizzas and can be commonly found at the supermarket with the tinned fish. 

You will find them used in our Olive Tapenade recipes which I have listed here for your convenience:

Anchovy Pasta (or your favourite Pasta) ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and easy to find at the local shops. They are set out in the photo below so you can see exactly what you need:

Ingredients for anchovy spaghetti on marble background with text over lay

As you can see, we have:

  • spaghetti 
  • anchovies
  • capers
  • garlic
  • parmesan cheese
  • pepper
  • parsley
  • chilli flakes

The salty flavours of the anchovies and capers deliver maximum taste without the dish being a hearty meat based pasta! 

How to make Anchovy Spaghetti with capers 

The photos below are the easy step by step instructions you need to bring this dish together: 

Anchovy Spaghetti method 1 to 4 with text over lay

  1. Mince the garlic cloves (Photo 1)
  2. Add anchovies (in their oil) to a skillet (Photo 2)
  3. Add in minced garlic (Photo 3)
  4. Followed by chilli flakes (Photo 4)

I like to use anchovies that come in chilli oil for this recipe as it gives an extra kick! 

There is no need to cut the anchovies as they will naturally break into little pieces as you cook them. 
Anchovy spaghetti method 5 to 8 with text over lay

  • Cook the pasta and keep the water when you drain it (Photo 5)
  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet (Photo 6)
  • Pour in left over pasta water (Photo 7)
  • Stir to combine (Photo 4)

Italian Pasta with anchovies and capers recipe quick info:

About the recipe:

  • there is 8 total ingredients for this recipe! 
  • make with your favourite type of pasta
  • this recipe will feed 4 people
  • keep the oil that the anchovies come in and use that to cook them
  • drain the capers before adding them to the pan

FAQs about Anchovy Spaghetti

  1. this is a simple recipe that comes together easily
  2. the pasta water is retained for a simple sauce for the spaghetti
  3. if you can find anchovies in chilli oil, they will add extra spice! 
  4. the chilli flavours add a kick the dish (optional if you are not a fan!) 

Your quick questions answered:

  1. the sauce for the pasta is simply the leftver salty pasta water
  2. add cream if you want to make creamy anchovy pasta
  3. add olives if you want to make pasta with anchovies and olives
  4. the recipe takes less than 15 mins
  5. This is an EASY recipe

Anchovy Spaghetti on a white plate with fork and spoon

Expert tips:

These tips are to help you master this recipe from the 1st time you make it:

  • cook the pasta till it is al dente! It will add another texture to the dish
  • a pesto based sauce can be added for an extra depth of flavour if you wish
  • serve with freshly chopped parsely for a herby zing! 
  • freeze this recipe for easy meals on week nights

Fork full of anchovy spaghetti above a plate of the same

If you like the idea of a pesto pasta sauce, try either the Rocket and Cashew Pesto or Basil and Cashew Pesto both are quick and easy recipes. 

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The anchovies will heat quickly and break apart. Simply use a spoon and stir them in the pan. Combined with the salty capers they give a lovely taste and texture for each mouthful of the pasta! 

Pasta recipes 

Pasta is the most ultimate of comfort foods, here are some further recipes and ideas you might like to try:

  1. Smoked Salmon Spaghetti
  2. Instant Pot Penne Pasta
  3. Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese
  4. Ground Beef Casserole
  5. Tuna Pasta Bake
  6. Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
  7. Rocket Pesto Pasta
  8. Burst Cherry Tomato Pasta
  9. Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle

If you would prefer more herby flavour in your spaghetti, try the Basil and Cashew Pesto and simply stir through the pasta (omit the pasta water for pesto based pasta).

Anchovy Spaghetti twirled around suspended fork

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Anchovy Spaghetti

Anchovy Spaghetti is a quick and easy pasta that combines anchovies and capers. This Italian pasta with anchovies is for those nights when you need dinner on the table STAT!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: Anchovy pasta, Anchovy spaghetti
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Sauce pan
  • Skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Colander


Anchovy Spaghetti

  • 250 grams spaghetti Note 1
  • 100 grams anchovies Note 2
  • 1/3 cup capers Note 3
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water Note 4
  • parsley to serve
  • Parmesan cheese to serve
  • cracked pepper to serve


Anchovy Spaghetti

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook pasta according to packet instructions.
  • Drain pasta, reserving the pasta water.
  • Add anchovies (and oil) to a skillet and bring to a medium heat.
  • Add minced garlic and chilli flakes, stir to combine and cook for 2-3 mins
  • Add cooked pasta to the anchovy mix, reduce to a simmer and add the pasta water
  • Stir to combine and allow the pasta to return to a medium heat ( 2-3 mins).
  • Serve with capers, Parmesan, cracked pepper and freshly chopped parsley Note 5



  • Note 1 I love using spaghetti as I love getting my twirl on! You can however, use your favourite pasta for this recipe ie substitute it for the spaghetti and keep everything else in the recipe the same! 
  • Note 2 When you purchase the anchovies they will be in oil. We use that oil for this recipe as well instead of straight bottled olive oil. I like to get the anchovies in chilli oil as I find it add a great depth of flavour. You can used your preferred anchovies.
  • Note 3 These will come in a salty brine liquid, but we drain and discard that for this recipe. 
  • Note 4 Once the pasta is cooked, we drain it and keep that pasta water. We then add 1 cup of it to the pan when we are combining our cooked pasta with the cooked anchovy mix. 
  • Note 5 I don't cook the capers as I find they are PERFECT as they are. The heat of the rest of the dish allows them to warm through, but there is no need to add them into the dish to cook them. They have a lovely salty briney taste and literally burst in your mouth, that is the taste and texture we are looking for. However, if you make then reheat the dish, they are fine to be in there as the dish is heated. 


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
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Thin Spaghetti recipes

If twirling your fork through a bowl of freshly made spaghetti isn’t the best thing on earth, I don’t know what it! 

Getting dinner on the table fast, is easily done with fuss free pasta recipes.  

Please give me a shout if you have questions or make the recipe as I would love to hear your feedback.

Salty earthy anchovies and capers to satisfy the soul is what this recipe is all about, I hope you enjoy it! 

Adrianne x


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Jacqueline Meldrum August 30, 2020 - 9:14 am

5 stars
I love spaghetti with fresh sauce for dinner, it never fails to satisfy. I must remember to add fresh herbs like you have. It looks so much more appealing.

Adrianne September 1, 2020 - 3:08 am

Thanks Jacqueline! It is great to read your feedback. That is a lovely compliment about the herbs. Cheers

Lata Lala August 30, 2020 - 12:14 pm

5 stars
This Italian pasta with anchovies looks super delicious and I love making spaghetti with different sauces as well. This one sounds perfect.

Adrianne September 1, 2020 - 3:09 am

Cheers Lata! I enjoyed reading your feedback. Thank-you.

jack August 30, 2020 - 2:49 pm

5 stars
Love the flavours in this recipe. This is perfect for a quick lunch for my home office 🙂

Adrianne September 1, 2020 - 3:10 am

Thanks Jack for your feedback! Ys, perfect for an office lunch, good thinking!!

veenaazmanov August 30, 2020 - 3:32 pm

5 stars
Perfect Dinner for my family. They love such amazing options any day. Love the combination of ingredients.

SHANIKA August 30, 2020 - 6:33 pm

5 stars
I’m loving the Anchovy flavor in this Spaghetti! Looks so amazing!


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