Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers

A simple pasta lunch. Very tasty and delicious. I bought a small jar of anchovies in oil a few months ago. Wanted to use that in a pizza but ended up in this spaghetti dish instead. 

I love anchovies in oil, but do not buy it often, as it is pretty expensive. I like it's taste and the flavours it gives to a dish. I've read from the internet about the labour intensive process involve in the making of Anchovies In Olive Oil, that's the reason why they are expensive. Yup, there's a lot of labour involved, mostly done by hand. 

Very simple and easy pasta dish, the ingredients are cooked, refer to the recipe below,  and then the cooked drained spaghetti are tossed in, season with salt and lots of black pepper, and a light drizzling of olive oil.  Enjoy!

Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers
(adapted from "Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food", Gordon Ramsay)
300gm dried linguine or spaghetti
sea salt and black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
6-8 anchovies in oil, drained and finely chopped
200g pitted black olives, quartered or chopped
3 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
250gm cherry tomatoes, halved
handful of basil leaves, shredded

Add the pasta to a pot of boiling salted water and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a wide pan and fry the garlic, onion, chilli and anchovies for 1-2 minutes. Add the olives, capers and tomatoes, and stir over a high heat for a few more minutes until the onions are soft.
Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and shredded basil. Taste and adjust the seasoning (salt probably won't be needed because the anchovies, capers and olives are quite salty).
Divide among warm bowls and drizzle over a little more olive oil, if you wish, before serving.


I'm linking this post to Cook Like A Star (Gordon Ramsay) hosted by Zoe of Bake For Happy KidsYen of Eat Your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake.



  1. Very flavourful, delicious and easy to prepare...this is my kind of pasta.

  2. What a great pasta dish, love the simplicity of this!

  3. Hi Joyce ... love pasta and what a delicious twist ...loving it . ;-D

  4. Hi Joyce,

    Your pasta dish is so beautiful with all the fresh ingredients!

    I didn't know that making of anchovies in oil is so labour intensive. We love it with pasta and eat at least a can a week :p Must tell my son to be thankful and appreciate food well because I reckon that we have taking a lot of thing for granted these days... Food for thoughts! Hmmm....


  5. Wonderful and absolutely lovely looking spaghetti with tomatoes. Wonderfully prepared.

  6. i know that it is a good idea to visit your blog just shortly before lunch... you make my lunch look more appetising ;)

  7. Joyce, I want that plate of spaghetti! My goodness, it looks so good. Love the colours from the tomatoes and basil too :)

  8. Both anchovies, olives and capers are expensive here... but it makes a pasta dish so good! Wish I could have some of your pasta.