Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil & Anchovies

Classic Spaghetti con Aglio Olio e Alici combines the flavors of peppery olive oil, pungent garlic, spicy red pepper, crunchy breadcrumbs, briny anchovies and sharp Pecorino. This version uses two additional ingredients – salty capers and the bright flavor of fresh lemon. Altogether, this spaghetti delivers big on umami flavor.

Serves: 2


  • Good quality dried spaghetti

  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 – 2 ounce anchovy filets packed in oil

  • 1 generous pinch of dried red pepper flakes

  • 3 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic finely minced

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons capers bottled in vinegar

  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • Coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 handful of coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley

  • 1 cup reserved pasta water

  • Fresh grated