Spaghetti with Tomato-Anchovy Sauce

For a stronger anchovy taste, use the oil from the tin in place of some of the olive oil.

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  • Servings: 4
Spaghetti with Tomato-Anchovy Sauce

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, April 2012


  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14 to 16 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti, cooked according to package instructions and drained
  • Grated Parmesan


  1. In a blender or food processor, puree tomatoes with their juices until smooth. In a large pot, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until onion is soft, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes and anchovies and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in basil and season with salt and pepper. Add spaghetti, toss to combine, and serve sprinkled with Parmesan.


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