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Pasta dish: Anchovy pasta -spaghetti- in a pan with chopped parsley, garlic breadcrumbs and lemon.

Anchovy Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs

  • Author: Jo & Bart
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Discover this irresistible recipe: al dente pasta coated in a garlic, anchovy and chilli sauce. All topped with a crunchy mix of golden breadcrumbs. A pure delight!



8 garlic cloves

5 ounces sourdough or other crusty bread, crust removed

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Salt, freshly ground pepper a teaspoon of each

1/4 cup +3 tablespoons (or more) olive oil

4 oil-packed anchovy fillets

2 oil-packed Calabrian chiles, very finely chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lemon juice

12 ounces spaghetti, or linguine

2 ounces finely grated Parmesan

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley or basil

2 tablespoons butter


  1. Prepare the Garlic and Breadcrumbs: Finely slice 4 garlic cloves into strips and set aside. Chop the remaining 4 garlic cloves as finely as possible until completely chopped. Blend the bread into small crumbs. Finely chop the two chilies.
  2. Cook the Breadcrumb Mixture: Heat the oil in a large casserole or other large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the breadcrumb mixture with the 4 minced garlic cloves and the zest of half a lemon, stirring often, until golden and crisp, about 5-10 minutes. Transfer the breadcrumb mixture to a bowl.
  3. Prepare the Sauce: Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in the same pan over medium-low heat. Cook the reserved sliced garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden around the edges, about 1 minute. Add the anchovies and chiles and cook, stirring, until the anchovies have dissolved about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.
  4. Cook the Pasta: Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 3 minutes less than indicated on the package.
  5. Combine Pasta and Sauce: Transfer the pasta to the saucepan with the sauce and a cup of pasta cooking water. Cook, stirring often, until the pasta is al dente. Add a little pasta cooking water if necessary.
  6. Add Cheese and Season: Then gradually add the cheese, stirring until melted. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, butter, and half the bread crumb mixture, and stir until everything is well combined and the butter has melted. If the pasta seems dry, add more pasta cooking water and oil.
  7. Season and Serve: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide pasta among bowls. Top with remaining breadcrumb mixture. Enjoy your meal!


Don't burn the breadcrumbs: When browning with garlic and lemon zest, stir frequently to prevent burning. The breadcrumbs should turn golden and crisp without burning.

Adjust the consistency: If the sauce seems too dry, feel free to add a little more pasta cooking water and olive oil to achieve the desired consistency.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Pan
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: anchovy pasta with garlic breadcrumbs, anchovy breadcrumb pasta, anchovy pasta, garlic pasta

Discover this irresistible recipe: al dente pasta coated in a garlic, anchovy and chilli sauce. All topped with a crunchy mix of golden breadcrumbs. A pure delight!