Christmas Eve Spaghetti With Anchovies

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a traditional meatless pasta recipe. If you like anchovies and crisp bread crumbs, try this one.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water to a boil for the spaghetti. Cook till al dente.
  2. Meantime, heat a heavy skillet (cast iron)and saute the bread crumbs till golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  3. Heat oils till very warm. Add the anchovies to the warm oil. Turn up the heat and simmer till the anchovies disintegrate.
  4. Drain the spaghetti but leave very wet.
  5. Pour the oil/anchovy mixture over and toss.
  6. Sprinkle with the browned bread crumbs.
  7. My kids used to call this "dirty worms".


Most Helpful

This is a traditional Italian weeknight supper when you are in a pinch for ingredients or in a hurry. I always have these ingredients on hand. However I have never made it with the additional Canola oil. It was way too oily. Sorry but I will stick to my way with just a cup of Olive oil and lots of grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Little Bee April 21, 2007

This was YUM! My 10 yr. old daughter (who is a seafood lover) found a can of anchovies in our pantry that we got as part of a white elephant gift! I've never cooked with anchovies before so when she begged me to make something with it, I found this recipe and we had all the ingredients! We tried it and we both loved it! It's a keeper! Thanks!

Daisie January 15, 2007

Great traditional recipe, I am Sicilian and have made this the same way since moving here to the states. However I do not use breadcrumbs as you did BUT I surly will give it a try tonight on this Christmas eve. Also I will stay away from the Canola oil addition in your recipe, I agree with Bee on that one, I believe that this would make the dish too oily.


docace December 24, 2010

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