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Spaghetti with Lemon, Anchovies and Capers

30 min 15 min active

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Spaghetti with Lemon, Anchovies and Capers

We usually just dump it down the drain, but Lidia Bastianich reminds us that the water we cook our pasta in is worth saving. She uses the starchy water to thicken flavorful sauces from strong pantry staples — anchovies, capers, garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes — to make a fast pasta sauce for this weeknight recipe. “You pull out pasta and some kind of basic, intense ingredients,” she says. “Some anchovies. Some olives. Some capers. Of course some good olive oil. You have dinner for four in less than half an hour.”

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t salt the pasta water as much as usual; the other ingredients provide plenty of salt. One tablespoon kosher salt for 4 quarts of water worked for this recipe.​

30 min

15 min active

Reviews
Cora D.

Fantastic! I have made it twice now, both times just as good. It tastes like pasta that came straight from the sea, in the best possible way. If you like the taste of piccata, you're really going to like this recipe. The anchovy gives it an added depth of umami but doesn't turn the dish "fishy". Lots of Parmesan on top was key.

Steven S.

This has become one of my go-to pasta recipes. Easy and quick to put together, basically using ingredients from the pantry and fridge, and very tasty. The only modification I made was to use 2 tbsp of capers instead on 3. Next time I make it, I might try throwing in a few grilled shrimp.


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