Anchovy Linguini

17 Nov 2013

Anchovy Linguini

Who here likes anchovy? Anyone? Anyone? Only me?

Well my family is big on anchovies. As a midnight snack, we sneak downstairs and make ourselves a melted cheese with anchovy sandwich. Seriously. One night I was sneaking downstairs for one of those delicious sandwiches when I noticed my dad was also at the toaster oven with cheese and anchovies in hand.

So it's only natural that I should add it to my dinners.

Surprisingly it took me this long to actually think of using anchovies for something other than sandwiches. And this pasta is almost as easy as my beloved midnight snack.

So if you are not repulsed by anchovies, or want to give them a try, I would suggest that you ease yourself in with this pasta. The anchovy flavor isn't overpowering, and it's just super easy to make.

Anchovy Linguini
printable recipe

What you'll need:

-1 lb linguini
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-4 anchovies
-8 tablespoons crushed tomatoes
-3/4 cup boiling water
-1 cup fresh bread crumbs
+salt and pepper to taste


    1.   Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguini and cook until al dente.
    2.   Meanwhile, heat heat some oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. Add the garlic and anchovies, and saute for 2-3 minutes. Crush the anchovies with the back of a wooden spoon.
    3.   In a small bowl, mix together the hot water and crushed tomatoes, then add the anchovy mixture.
    4.   In a medium frying pan, heat some oil over medium heat. Toast the breadcrumbs, and season with salt and pepper.
    5.   Drain the pasta and mix with the sauce and half of the breadcrumbs until fully combined. Divide into bowls and top with the remaining breadcrumbs.

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  1. Count me in for this dish! We like anchovies.


  2. My dad would love this. He's the anchovy fiend in our family :)

  3. Sounds good to me. I think people dismiss anchovies too quickly as being a dreaded ingredient. If used correctly, they're great. Pasta and Caesar salad always come to mind. Pinned

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  5. Salty and delicious, sounds like a great linguini :D


  6. Love anchovies. This is right up my alley.

  7. I hate the idea of anchovies, but I love the way they melt into a dish and the salty flavor they add.

  8. Anchovies always make me nervous, but every time I have them in a dish, I am surprisingly pleased! I think this will be perfect for me to try!

  9. I didn't think I liked anchovies for quite some time (I think it's one of those foods you just assume won't taste good). When I finally did get around to trying it...I fell in love. The salty flavor adds such dimension in so many dishes!

  10. Sounds like a lovely savory pasta dish, my mom adores anchovies so she would really enjoy this :)

  11. Anchovies are one of those ingredients that I like until I know it's there. :P

  12. I do this, too but without the tomatoes. I don't care for anchovies straight up, but melted into a sauce with garlic, they are delicious

  13. Haha, love that story about you and your dad :) I know a lot of people detest anchovies, but I LOVE them. Well, I love pretty much anything salty or sour. This pasta sounds amazing!

  14. I do! I love anchovies, I just need to watch for the salt the idea of adding in to the pasta...I am sure that this dish is packed with flavors...yum!
    Have a great week Cathleen :D

  15. It's dinner time here and am hungry and i really want this ! looks so tempting !

  16. I love linguine! This looks amazing!

  17. Love anchovies in pasta! I make one with garlic and oil, lots of anchovies, and parsley. This is another great one! Yum!

  18. Your pasta dish sounds great. Anchovy adds a depth of flavor to many dishes. I'm trying to imagine an anchovy and melted cheese sandwich though...that is new to me. :)


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