Spaghetti with anchovy, chilli and breadcrumbs

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Spaghetti with anchovy, chilli and breadcrumbs is an Italian cucina povera, poor man’s, pasta dish, made from ingredients found in even the most basic of Italian kitchens. Its humble beginnings should not put you off making this classic pasta recipe – it’s absolutely delicious.



  • spaghetti 150g
  • olive oil
  • anchovies 4, finely chopped
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • red chilli 1, finely chopped
  • parsley a small bunch, chopped
  • ciabatta a handful of rough breadcrumbs, tossed in 1 tsp olive oil and toasted until golden in the oven


  • Step 1

    Cook the spaghetti following the packet instructions. drain, reserving 1 tbsp of the cooking water. Heat 4 tbsp olive oil, add the anchovies, garlic and chilli and gently sizzle for a couple of minutes. 

  • Step 2

    Toss with the spaghetti, parsley and cooking water. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs to finish.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 511
  • Carbs 61.4g
  • Protein 11.9g
  • Fat 25.9g
  • Salt 0.75g
  • Saturates 3.7g
  • Fibre 2.7g