Healthy Anchovy Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic

A plate of spaghetti tossed with roasted tomatoes and dusted with Parmesan cheese served with garlic bread

The Superfood of Anchovy Spaghetti

How can you make carb-heavy meals healthy?  The answer is simple.  Harness the power of the Mediterranean superfoods and toss them in with the spaghetti!

We’re big fans of carbs in this house.  Can’t get enough of them.  I know in this day and age, a statement like that can be controversial given the popularity of low-carb diets and cauliflower everything.

However, my husband is an avid cyclist who needs to (seemingly constantly) carb load for race days, morning endurance rides and daily commutes to work.  And my daughter, well…she’s a toddler and adores bread, potatoes and noodles.

Needless to say, I’ve gotten quite good at throwing together tasty pasta meals.  Pork Ragu, Bolognese, Seafood linguine, Carbonara, meatball casserole, cannelloni, bacon cream sauce, Primavera, mac n’ cheese and so on and so forth.

You name it and I’ve got a recipe for it.  In fact, as of late, I seem to be running out of concoctions.  However, will I feed my brood?  And how can I make it healthy?

For this tasty pasta concoction, I used chopped anchovies which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and sautéed them with plenty of minced garlic and good olive oil.  Then I added some roasted red tomatoes (deliciously packed with the antioxidant lycopene) and threw in a bit of salty capers into the mix (another nutrient-dense food).

The combination of all of these healthy foods made the most delicious umani taste to coat the pasta in. I know it is a cliché to say this, but even my picky eater of a 2-year-old happily picked up a roasted tomato and devoured it with glee.

I am happy to serve this anchovy spaghetti to my family knowing that this tasty pasta dish is loaded with the good stuff.  Throw in some shrimp to the sauce or serve alongside some pan-seared fish and voila-dinner is served!

 

 

 

A tray of red tomatoes in a metal oven tray with stem removed
Preheat oven to 450 F / 230 C. Wash tomatoes and remove the core.

 

 

A tray of roasted red tomatoes with stem removed in an oven tray
Place in a baking tray and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until soft and skin breaks. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook spaghetti until al dente or preferred consistency. Once finished roasting, let tomatoes cool to the touch then peel off the skin and roughly chop up.

 

 

A sauce of minced garlic, anchovies, oregano and olive oil frying in a pan
In a large saucepan, add minced garlic, minced anchovies, olive oil and dried oregano and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Be watchful, stir continuously and don’t let the garlic burn!

 

 

A sauce of minced garlic, anchovies, oregano, olive oil and chopped roasted tomatoes
Add chopped roasted tomatoes, stir and cook on medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes.

 

 

A thickened sauce of roasted tomato, garlic and anchovies.
If you are adding capers, add them now. If not continue cooking until all flavors have married together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

Cooked spaghetti tossed in the roasted tomato, garlic and anchovies sauce in the pan
Drain spaghetti and toss in the anchovy sauce.
A fork twirling spaghetti tossed in a roasted tomato and anchovy sauce
Serve this anchovy spaghetti with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and a crisp white wine.

 

 

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A fork twirling spaghetti tossed in a roasted tomato and anchovy sauce

Anchovy Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Description

This flavourful anchovy spaghetti with roasted tomatoes and garlic recipe is a quick and healthy pasta dish that comes together in minutes. #pasta #quickmeals #familydinner #lunch #healthyrecipes


Ingredients

Scale

1.2 kg ( a little over 2 1/2 lbs) fresh red tomatoes

6 cloves of garlic (minced)

6 fillets of anchovies (minced)

1 tsp dried oregano

150 ml / 5 oz extra virgin olive oil

12 tsp capers (optional)

500 g spaghetti

grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 F / 230 C.

Wash tomatoes and remove the core.

Place in a baking tray and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until soft and skin breaks.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook spaghetti until al dente or preferred consistency.

Once finished roasting, let tomatoes cool to the touch then peel off the skin and roughly chop up.

In a large saucepan, add minced garlic, minced anchovies, olive oil and dried oregano and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.  Be watchful, stir continuously and don’t let the garlic burn!

Add chopped roasted tomatoes, stir and cook on medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes.

If you are adding capers, add them now.  If not continue cooking until all flavors have married together.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drain pasta and toss in the sauce.  Serve with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and a crisp white wine.

Notes

Always make sure to salt your pasta water!  My recommendation is to add 1 tbsp sea salt to every 2 liters of water right after water boils and before adding pasta.

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Main, Pasta
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: spaghetti, pasta, tomato, garlic, anchovy, capers, olive oil, healthy, Mediterranean, quick, easy, family meals

A fork and spoon dug deep into a plate of spaghetti with garlic bread

 

Love anything anchovy? Try these recipes:

Anchovy Pasta with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Chorizo Cassoulet

 

 

Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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