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Two bowls of asparagus spaghetti

Asparagus and anchovy pasta

Published: March 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

It’s the crunchy fennel seed pangrattato topper that really makes this dish sing. A simple yet delicious asparagus spaghetti recipe, it's ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal763
fat32g
saturates7.6g
carbs79g
sugars6.2g
fibre6.8g
protein26.3g
salt2.1g
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Rustle up a speedy bowl of asparagus and anchovy pasta, then check out our sardine spaghetti, spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti carbonara and more delicious spaghetti recipes.

Ingredients

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • a pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 200g asparagus, woody ends snapped off and discarded, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 125ml glass white wine
  • 40g parmesan, finely grated

PANGRATTATO

  • 2 small slices stale sourdough, cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Method

  • STEP 1

    Make the pangrattato by whizzing the sourdough and fennel seeds in a food processor with a pinch of salt until you have chunky breadcrumbs. Pour the olive oil into a non-stick frying pan, tip in the breadcrumbs and cook over a medium heat, tossing regularly, until golden and really crisp. Set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water until al dente, then drain, reserving some of the cooking water.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, heat the oil in a separate frying pan and cook the garlic, anchovies and chilli flakes for 1-2 minutes or until the anchovies have melted. Add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes, then add the wine and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes or until the asparagus is just cooked through.

  • STEP 4

    Tip the spaghetti into the asparagus pan with the parmesan and toss really well, adding a splash of the pasta cooking water to loosen. Season with plenty of black pepper. Divide between two bowls and top with plenty of the pangrattato.

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