Tomato And Anchovy Pasta For Presto Pasta Nights

I am submitting this recipe for Tomato and Anchovy Pasta to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.

I have a good friend who is in love with anchovies! Well, at least I think she is, as she uses a whole bottle to make potato salad. My friend Cindy not only loves anchovies, she also prompted me to do Tandy Tuesday. This is a pasta theme that started with using only 5 ingredients to cook a pasta dish, excluding the pasta, oil, salt and pepper. I love the simplicity of pasta and the fact that you can make a sauce of olive oil, garlic and chilli’s; or go over the top and add a shopping cart of ingredients to make a sublime ragú. Every time I cook pasta, Cindy becomes a part of my kitchen, and the night I prepared this meal, she was even more a part of the whole cooking experience as I used her favourite ingredient. I too love anchovies, but it is a taste I had to acquire. Ten years ago you would not have found me eating one and now, I can quite happily not only cook with them, but eat them with a slice of cheese on a cracker. I have been told they are expensive, but, you use so few at a time that I personally feel it is worthwhile having a jar in your fridge, not only for pasta’s, but for tapenade and to use when you next roast a leg of lamb.

Tomato And Anchovy Pasta
Tomato And Anchovy Pasta
Print Recipe
No ratings yet

Tomato And Anchovy Pasta

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


  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 1 whole chilli split down the middle
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 125 g roma tomatoes cut in half
  • small handful of fresh basil chopped
  • parmesan for garnishing


  • while your pasta is cooking heat the olive oil in a large frying pan
  • add the chilli and the garlic and sauté the garlic until soft, without browning
  • add the anchovy fillets and allow them to break down
  • add the tomatoes and let them heat up
  • remove the chill
  • mix in your pasta and basil
  • garnish with parmesan

Click on the links for conversions and notes.

Lavender and Lime Signature

Top of Page

12 thoughts on “Tomato And Anchovy Pasta For Presto Pasta Nights

  1. Great recipe, thank you. And I’m with Cindy on this one – I could happily eat anchovies all day long. In fact, today I had anchovies on hot buttered sourdough bagels for lunch. My husband was truly appalled. 🙂

I would ♥ to hear from you (comments will be visible when I reply)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.