Quick and easy to make, perfect at home as a starter for a dinner party, or as a satisfying meal with a big salad. The spaghetti is served with pangritata (fried toasted breadcrumbs), which gives the dish an excellent texture and crunch.Spaghetti with Anchovies and chilli


±1/2 cup grapeseed or olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
±1/3 cup fresh thyme
±100g fresh breadcrumbs
Salt & pepper

500g spaghetti
±1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 anchovy fillets
1T lemon juice
2 small dried red chillies, crushed


  1. Place the oil in a heavy frying pan and heat. Fry the garlic, thyme and breadcrumbs until they begin to toast, stirring every now and again until the crumbs are really crisp and golden (take care not to overcook, they must be golden not dark brown). Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil add the salt and the spaghetti, and cook for ±10 minutes.
  3. While the spaghetti is cooking, place the remaining olive oil in a pan with the minced garlic, and heat gently. Once the garlic begins to soften, add the anchovy fillets. As they begin to melt, add the lemon juice and chillies.
  4. Add the drained spaghetti, and toss well to coat in the sauce, then transfer to a warm serving dish, garnish with the pangritata and serve immediately.

Serves 4 as a main course, 8 as a starter

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