This delicious recipe for spaghetti with green olive sauce is courtesy of Mario Batali.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring 6 quarts water to a boil in a large pot; add 2 tablespoons salt.

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  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until very hot. Add breadcrumbs and toss until golden brown; transfer to a plate and set aside.

  • In a large skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat until very hot. Add garlic and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add anchovies and red pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until anchovies have dissolved, 3 minutes. Stir in olives; cook for 3 minutes. Add toasted breadcrumbs, stir to combine; season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook until al dente according to package directions.

  • Drain pasta and add to skillet. Place skillet over medium heat and toss until well combined, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Reviews (10)

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07/06/2011
View the video before cooking. The recipe can't stand alone. I ended up with an unsatisfactory product. I will definitely try again using techniques in video.
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01/24/2010
Another substitute for anchovies is crushed capers. I'm vegetarian, so that's how I've been making this meal.
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03/30/2009
The Italians use anchovies as their secrete ingredients in many dishes. For less saltiness don't add any salt and use anchovies packed in oil. The anchovies melt almost like butter while cooking. You can also use fish sause in place of anchovies.
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06/05/2008
On the show, Mario said to soak the anchovies in ice water or milk for 15 min before using. Maybe that reduces the saltiness.
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06/05/2008
I am not fond of anchovies. Is there something I can substitute?? Or as "pkajoy" said, leave them out entirely.
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06/05/2008
I am not fond of anchovies. Is there something I can substitute?? Or as "pkajoy" said, leave them out entirely.
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06/05/2008
I am not fond of anchovies. Is there something I can substitute?? Or as "pkajoy" said, leave them out entirely.
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06/05/2008
I really think it is the anchovies that make this too salty. Add less or leave out entirely, especially if you cannot have too much salt.
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04/15/2008
This dish was so easy and fun to make. Absolutely delicious. I'm adding it to my recipes I'll make again and again.
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01/28/2008
this dish was way to salty. I think I wouldn't add as much salt to the pasta water next time.