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.


  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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!

    Thank you! Same here!

    fitzboy ,
    Thanks buddy! Will do!

    You must! It is a wonderful ingredient.

    Thank you very much!

    Yasmin ,
    Haha good to hear that! :)

  9. Super apetecible. Una receta maravillosa como todas las que haces.
    Bosos mil.

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Great pasta dish! Love the pancetta!

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

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

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

  19. Amanda ,
    Muchas gracias! besos :)

    CW ,
    Thank you very much!

    La ringrazio molto! baci

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

    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.

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

    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 :)

    Thank you!

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

  21. 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

  22. pancetta 是什麼?簡單又好吃唷!

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

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

  25. Your a superstar! this is a regular dish for me I love 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!

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

  27. 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!

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

  29. 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 :)

    Pasta is always so reliable :) THank you!

  30. awesome spaghetti dish...lovely clicks too

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

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

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

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

  35. Sonia,
    Thank you!

    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!

    Thank you! :)

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

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

  37. 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 :)

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

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


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