recipe: pastaaa with ?

There’s a reason the heading of this post isn’t more specific- the recipe includes anchovies. Gross, right? That’s what I thought when the woman I babysit/cook for asked me to make this recipe. But I promise, it’s actually really good.

Pasta with Anchovies and Walnuts


  • 4  quarts water
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  pound  uncooked linguine
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  extravirgin olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  minced fresh garlic
  • 2  (3.5-ounce) cans anchovies, drained and chopped
  • 1/2  cup  chopped walnuts
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Bring the water and salt to a boil in a stockpot. Add pasta; cook 10 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

Toast walnuts on 350 degrees until they are slightly browned.

While pasta cooks, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add anchovies, and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Combine anchovy mixture, pasta, and reserved liquid; toss well to coat. Stir in walnuts; sprinkle with parsley.

Note: I bet this would be even more delicious with feta on top!


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