Tomato, Anchovy And Basil Pasta

I am submitting this recipe for Tomato, Anchovy And Basil Pasta to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes

This is a meal I made on Christmas eve! My parents were here for their annual holiday and we had a busy social time with them for a week. We went out to eat a LOT and on Christmas eve we had lunch at Mariana’s. We needed to eat supper, but of course we did not want anything too heavy and pasta seemed like the best option. My dad is on a gluten free diet, and so this meal was prepared for two different types of pasta’s. Thankfully, the wheat based pasta and the gluten free pasta cooks for the same amount of time – the only thing I needed was enough stove space for two large pots of boiling water. I am really lucky that I have gas burner as well as a four plate electric stove, so space is never a problem. As we had been out all day, I did not want to spend hours in front of the stove. This is when having a basic tomato pasta sauce in the freezer really helps – the long slow cooking needed for a rich tomato sauce had been dealt with before the day. I always make extra and freeze the left overs using 2 ladles as my measure.

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Tomato, Anchovy and Basil Pasta

Recipe Category: Italian
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • basic tomato pasta sauce
  • 2 anchovies chopped
  • small handful of fresh basil chopped
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • Parmesan slices for garnishing


  • while the pasta is cooking heat the pasta sauce
  • stir in the anchovies
  • mix in the basil
  • stir in the pasta sauce
  • drizzle with some olive oil and garnish with the Parmesan

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16 thoughts on “Tomato, Anchovy And Basil Pasta

  1. Ah – those magical little fish just add such a beautiful depth of flavour. I cooked with them for years without Max knowing! He, apparently can’t abide them!! hehehehe …. beautiful plate of pasta Tandy xxx Have a great day xxx

  2. This looks so delicious – and easy! I love anchovies, but they seem ridiculously expensive every time I walk past them on the shelf…one day I will indulge! x

  3. What a great looking pasta. I’m a fan of anchovies and know that I would love a bowl of this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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