Pic of Pasta with onion and anchovy sauce

Pasta with onion and anchovy sauce

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Pasta with onion and anchovy sauce

Main Serves 2 20 min
A speedy, very piquant, store-cupboard meal. This Venetian pasta dish is traditionally served with bucatini or bigoli, both types of thick spaghetti with a hole running through the middle. Use spaghetti or linguine as an alternative. The longer and slower you're able to cook the onions, the deeper and sweeter this pasta will be.


  • 200g pasta - linguine or spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g onions, finely chopped
  • 20g anchovy fillets
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Boil a pan of water. Add a little salt and the pasta and cook as per the packet instructions, until al dente.
  • Step 2

    While the pasta is cooking heat the olive oil and on a medium heat fry the onion in a heavy based frying pan, until soft (about 6-8 minutes).
  • Step 3

    Add the anchovies and stir through the onions until they dissolve. Drain the cooked pasta and combine with the onion and anchovy sauce.
  • Step 4

    Season with salt and pepper to season.

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