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Fresh Tomato Anchovy Pasta (Spaghetti e Alici)

A fast and easy Fresh Tomato Anchovy Pasta (Spaghetti e Alici),  you will overcome your dislike for Anchovies once you have tried this Pasta Recipe. Delicious.

pasta anchovy pasta in a black panAnchovy Pasta

Have you ever not eaten something because everyone you know  has always said “don’t eat that, it’s disgusting” so for years and years you never even looked at it never mind eat it because you were convinced it was something you would not like?

Drain the anchovies.

anchovy pasta, anchovies in a white dish

Place the sliced tomatoes, garlic, oil and spices in a pan.

fresh tomatoes in a black pan

So when my mother-in-law served up her delicious Spaghetti e Alici who would have thought I would be eating anchovies! Let’s be honest basically any food sounds amazing in Italian.

Cook the tomatoes and then add the chopped anchovies to the pan.

anchovy pasta, sauce is ready

Cook the anchovies in the sauce for about 2 minutes toss with the pasta and serve.

That’s why I originally titled it in Italian, I thought if I had called it Spaghetti and anchovies very few would have been interested. Am I right?

But now I think people should have a more open mind about food and be willing to try just about anything.

anchovy pasta in a black pan

I could not believe I missed out on something so delicious because I was convinced I would never like it. How many different or simple pasta dishes have I tried that are as good or even better than all the fancy creamy recipes? My mother-in-law didn’t quite make it this way .

More Delicious Pasta Recipes to try.

Creamy Pasta Boscaiola with Mushrooms and Sausage

Italian Broccoli Rabe Pasta

Classic Carbonara Pancetta and Egg Pasta

Creamy Cheesy Baked Pasta

Spaghetti e Alici

spaghetti and anchovy on a fork

My husband continues to remind me that he perfected this dish. I think we must have made it at least 4 times last week until the Italian was content. Trust me even if you are thinking “Oh no never anchovies, anything but!”

This is the perfect combination, they mix up so well together.

So why not give Spaghetti e Alici a try? Before you know it you will be ordering anchovies  on your pizza! Buon Appetito!

up close anchovy pasta

Fresh Tomato Anchovy Pasta (Spaghetti e Alici)

Spaghetti e Alici

Rosemary Molloy
Spaghetti e Alici a delicious fast and easy Italian Pasta recipe, a must try and so yummy. The Perfect Weeknight meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 309 kcal


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 anchovies chopped (I used anchovies canned oil and drained)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 14-16 cherry or grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • a pinch or 2 hot pepper flakes
  • 3 cups cooked spaghetti (approximately 12 ounces / 350 grams dried)


  • In a large pot of salted water cook the spaghetti al dente.
  • While pasta is cooking, in a large pan add oil, garlic and tomatoes, basil, oregano and a pinch or 2 of hot pepper flakes, gently stir together and cook on medium heat until tomatoes have softened and have started dry out, then add the anchovies, continue to cook on medium speed until anchovies have turned into a creamy paste (about 5 minutes), gently combine.  
  • Add the 3 cups of cooked spaghetti plus 1/4 ladle of pasta water, raise the heat slightly and toss gently to coat the pasta and sauce has thickened. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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Updated from January 20, 2015.


  1. I want to know how to make pasta dish mistacolli or called pastachini has hard boiled eggs,sausage,ricotta cheese etc in it can anyone know this receipe pls

  2. 5 stars
    First time making this dish and it was “Sorprendente”! I love the umami that the anchovies deliver. Simple, beautiful pasta dish! Grazie.

  3. Anchovies are FANTASTIC!! We’ve been adding to our pasta sauce and our pizza for quite some time. Yes at one time we did not use them, my Honey thought it would make things too “fishy”. My mamma and papa loved anchovies and so did I. I started putting them in the sauce and it was love at first bite. The anchovies just give a depth of flavor such as to the Puttanesca sauce or the Arrabbiata sauce. Darn!! I’m getting hungry writing about it and looking at your pictures. Great idea to use the cherry tomatoes – I love their sweetness.
    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

  4. 5 stars
    Sushi! Growing up in Wyoming everyone was afraid of it (for a good reason, Wyoming is no where near the ocean) and for years I stayed clear of it. A friend encouraged me to try and and I loved it and now my family freaks out when I talk about it 🙂

    I’ve never tried anchovies, but you’ve inspired me! Need to knock that one off the list of “things I’d never eat” 🙂

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