Farro Spaghetti with Anchovies, Garlic + Broccolini


God how I love anchovies. Ever since discovering bagna cauda I haven’t been able to curb my craving for them for long, often going out of my way to run to the market to pick up ingredients for it as an impromptu lunch or dinner. The combination of salty anchovies and garlic is so sublime that I honestly can’t formulate enough words to say.

I came across the recipe for Midnight Pasta a while back and made it almost immediately, falling in love with those familiar flavors of briny fish and garlic. Despite the name, I would eat this whenever desire strikes, which is often with intensity.

Here’s a riff off of that pasta and bagna cauda with much more anchovies and spice plus the addition of broccolini, which to me, is the perfect sponge for absorbing all the delectable bits of salty goodness.


Farro spaghetti with anchovies, garlic + broccolini

I’ve used farro here because I wanted extra nuttiness in the pasta but you can always opt to switch it with whole wheat or regular pasta noodles. The Turkish Aleppo peppers give this a nice fruitiness that compliments the olive oil but if you don’t happen to have some laying around, pinch in some red pepper flakes instead but cautioning to use only half a teaspoon as they are hotter. 

Makes enough for 2 – 4 lovelies, as a lunch


8 ounces farro spaghetti

2 ounces anchovies packed in olive oil, a standard box

3 tablespoons fruity extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, chopped roughly

2 tablespoons capers, chopped roughly

1 teaspoon dried crushed Aleppo pepper

1/2 bunch broccolini, florets only

Parmesan cheese shards, to serve



Cook the noodles in boiling salted water until al dente, about 6-8 minutes. Drain and dump into a bowl. Drizzle with a smidge of olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss and set aside.

In a medium-sized sauce pan, tumble in the chopped anchovies plus the olive oil they were packed in, the extra tablespoons of olive oil, garlic, capers, and Aleppo pepper. Turn on the flame and allow to simmer for a couple minutes. Take it off the heat and gently mix in the broccolini florets, tossing to coat. Then, add the spaghetti noodles and give it one final tumble before plating. Serve with plenty of extra Aleppo pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.

Buen provecho!


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  • Marnely RodriguezMarch 1, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    Love the simplicity of this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Fresh and FoodieMarch 2, 2012 - 10:23 am

    Salty spicy garlicy perfection! Beautiful photo, too.ReplyCancel

  • LauraMarch 3, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Gorgeous! I love anchovies (don’t personally see how people couldn’t like them) and simple pasta dishes like this.

    This dish definitely seems like it would hit the spot 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Island VittlesMarch 5, 2012 - 11:45 am

    I love everything about this dish, Steph…it’s simplicity, the beautiful presentation, and the anchovies. 🙂 TheresaReplyCancel

  • anchoviesMarch 6, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Hello, great read on that one about anchovies. Nice blog. Keep up posting! Cheers, Bianca.ReplyCancel

  • sarahMarch 6, 2012 - 10:16 am

    I love anchovies too. Your photo and your recipe is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • fatpiginthemarketMarch 7, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    Aleppo pepper…never tried it but I like the sound of a pepper that adds fruitiness. I’m on the lookout for it now.ReplyCancel

  • hannahJuly 15, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    wow, made this and it was delish! the ingredients are simple but the flavors are anything but. for a vegetarian friend i substituted chopped kalamata olives for anchovies and that worked well too!ReplyCancel

    • StephanieOctober 25, 2013 - 7:22 am

      Hi Hannah,

      It’s amazing how something so simple and sparse in ingredients can still taste good! I love adding anchovies to dishes– it really does amp up the flavor with little effort. 🙂 I’m glad to hear you made substitutions for your friend!ReplyCancel

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