Thursday, April 8, 2010

Midweek pasta - Spaghetti With Chillies, Anchovies, Capers And Pancetta


Ok it is the time of the week again! This is a tummies' staple that appears fairly often, it also means someone else might be doing the cooking. Very much a pantry to the table in less than 20 minutes' kind of dish. We often serve this with a salad of rocket and shaved parmesan, omit the pancetta if you wish. The only problem is one often go for a second serving because it is so delicious!
P.S It gets dark here by 5pm now so I am playing around with artificial lighting, any tips anyone?





Serves 4
you'll need;
4 tbs of capers, rinsed and drained
6 anchovies fillets
6 garlic cloves
6 hot chillies
200 g of pancetta, cubed (optional)
1 packet of spaghetti, cooked til al dente
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley to serve
grated parmesan to serve
Chop the first 4 ingredients together, set aside.*




Cook pasta with plenty of salted boiling water.




Saute garlic, chillies and pancetta with some olive oil.











Drain pasta and mix with the saute mixture together with chopped parsley and 2/3 cup of the pasta cooking water. Check for seasonings.


















Serve immediately with an extra drizzle of olive oil and grated parmesan.

43 comments:

  1. Anchovies are great with spaghetti but for my personal taste I think the pancetta might be a bit overwhelming especially as there's capers in this recipe too.

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  2. Mmmmm looks great. This reminds me of my favourite pasta sauce, puttanesca... minus the tomatoes.

    www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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  3. Yumm yumm!!looks fantastic..

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  4. Harriet from CarltonApril 8, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    I cooked something similar all the time, often changing the ingredients a little. Looks good!

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  5. Great simple pasta dish buddy! Drop by soon!

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  6. Never use Anchovies before. Looks so delicious, must try this anchovies.

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  7. I can imagine the beautiful flavour from the ingredients. Looks delicious.

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  8. This dish will make a lot of people very happy at home!

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  9. Mr Noodles ,
    I know what you mean, thats why I put optional for the pancetta. We like this dish to be full of salty bits so it works for us.

    Brisbane Baker,
    Thank you! :) I sometimes make that too!

    Priya ,
    Thank you!

    Harriet,
    Thank you! Same here!

    fitzboy ,
    Thanks buddy! Will do!

    Anncoo,
    You must! It is a wonderful ingredient.

    Mary,
    Thank you very much!

    Yasmin ,
    Haha good to hear that! :)

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  10. Super apetecible. Una receta maravillosa como todas las que haces.
    Exquisito!
    Bosos mil.

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  11. Love the idea of adding pancetta! Great simple pasta dish!

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  12. Questi si possono proprio chiamare italian pasta, bravissima !!

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  13. Questi si possono proprio chiamare italian pasta,bravissima !!

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  14. ahh this looks nicely comforting. I'm adding this to my winter menu...with loads of Parmesan of course!!

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  15. Pasta's the easiest and simplest thing to cook for me... Love it.. I do a variation of this all the time =)

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  16. Great pasta dish! Love the pancetta!

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  17. selamat malam tummies:)anchovies fillets tu bukan ikan bilis kan?macamana rasanya?adakah ianya masin atau fermented?ikan jeruk?thanks

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  18. What a nice mid week recipe. It must be so full of flavor! I have all those things now, yahoo! I'm making this!

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  19. Pasta never fails, huh? Fast, easy and yet delish. Of course, it depends who's cooking. ;)

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  20. Amanda ,
    Muchas gracias! besos :)

    CW ,
    Thank you very much!

    stefania.confidential,
    La ringrazio molto! baci

    Adrian @ Food Rehab ,
    Thank you! Yes lots of it!!!

    msihua,
    Absolutely! :)

    KL girl in MELB,
    Thank you! Me too!

    makcikmanggis ,
    Selamat malam makcik.. anchovies fillets tu bukan ikan bilis kita, ianya ikan jeruk biasanya dijual didalam botol berisi minyak. Cold storage pasti ada.

    Lyndsey,
    It is a great dish to cook when you are busy! :)

    Ju,
    Yeah luckily we are not people who are to worry about eating carb lol
    And yes I don't normally have to cook this dish :)

    Sarah,
    Thank you!

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  21. Packed with savory, salty taste. This would comfort me when the dark nights come around.

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  22. From rice noodles to pasta, everything looks so good here! I will try to make this tmr, it will be a good change from my Chinese diet! lol

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  23. pancetta 是什麼?簡單又好吃唷!

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  24. This is my favorite way of cooking pasta!! With chillies and pancetta! Yummy!

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  25. I love simple dish like this. I really must stock my pantry up with those few ingredients for rainy days!

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  26. Your a superstar! this is a regular dish for me I love it..it loves me. and that looks like some really nice pancetta you have there!

    you should come for a visit I made porgy in parchment the Italian way!

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  27. Fantastic pasta dish!! pics looks great..

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  28. I always forget to come here when I am looking for pasta dishes simply because your Asian dishes are so great! This is something I can eat everyday!

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  29. THis looks great...I was just thinking about cooking pasta for dinner myself....I think the lighting in these pictures loook good.

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  30. Claudia ,
    Indeed! It is very comforting :)

    shanshan ,
    Haha you must get out of your Chinese diet from time to time!

    大肥 ,
    pancetta 是意大利臘肉。

    petite nyonya ,
    Haha me too!

    darren ,
    Absolutely! Speaking of which I will have to do the same!

    natural selection ,
    Haha thank you! we do have a good Italian supermarket here :)
    I must ! It sounds like a plan!

    Jagruti ,
    Thank you very much!

    Tricia F,
    Haha I don't blame you since I haven't had a pasta week yet :)

    Bo,
    Pasta is always so reliable :) THank you!

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  31. awesome spaghetti dish...lovely clicks too

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  32. Awesome spaghetti! Looks like a filling plate of goodness to me.

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  33. Looks very good! I love pasta so much.

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  34. What a yummy recipe! Love the look of this pasta.

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  35. The boys will love this version with the extra crispy pancetta! Have a great weekend!

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  36. Sonia,
    Thank you!

    Gulmohar,
    Thank you very much!

    Cool Lassi(e),
    Thank you! It is very filling and comforting!

    Michael ,
    Thank you very much! Lets have a pasta party soon!

    Sook,
    Thank you! :)

    love to eat ,
    You are lucky they love almost everything! :) You too!

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  37. No excuse not to cook with such dish! We made your fried vermicelli and rice noodle with egg sauce.. fabulous!

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  38. Too many good things in this dish. I would expect nothing less than going back for seconds. It would have to be a generous second serving or I'd be back for thirds too. Fourths might be pushing it, I guess, given how much chocolate I still seem to be eating for dessert this week :)

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  39. Pasta is one thing that i can never ignore !! Thanks for sharing the recipe !! I Would try to make it too !! Grea

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  40. It looks delicious, wish I had a bowl right now!

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