Spaghetti with Anchovies and Breadcrumbs

Becky Luigart-Stayner

The breadcrumbs can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 385
  • Calories from fat: 21%
  • Fat: 8.8g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 14.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 60.4g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Iron: 3.4mg
  • Sodium: 501mg
  • Calcium: 138mg


  • Breadcrumbs:
  • 1 ounce day-old Italian or French bread, torn into large pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pasta:
  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 canned anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. To prepare breadcrumbs, place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 cup. Place breadcrumbs in an even layer on a jelly-roll pan; bake at 450° for 4 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic; cook 2 minutes or until breadcrumbs are lightly browned. Place breadcrumb mixture in a bowl. Add parsley and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  4. To prepare pasta, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan over medium heat. Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic and next 4 ingredients (through anchovies) in a small bowl; mash with a fork. Add anchovy mixture to pan; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth; cook 1 minute. Add pasta; toss well. Add cheese; toss well. Place on a large serving platter; sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Serve immediately.
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