Anchovy and Black Olive Pasta

This is one of my 3 ingredient pasta dishes that makes a quick and delicious meal when I’m short on time or energy. Don’t be put off by the anchovies because they dissolve completely into the sauce and simply add a salty umami taste to the dish. Anchovies are cheap, nutritious and take up very little room in the cupboard so it’s well worth giving them a try. Fresh dishes made from cupboard ingredients is one of my favourite things.

Fish with omega-3 fatty acids is good for your heart and brain health. It also has selenium which is good for protecting good mental health.

Serves 2 Adults & 2 Kids

pasta of your choice
2 tbsps olive oil
400g passata
1 tin anchovies
50g pitted black olives
(optional bunch of fresh basil)

  • Fill a large saucepan 3/4 full with water then bring to the boil and salted generously. Add 100g of pasta for each adult and 50g for each child then cook until al dente (cooked but still with bite).
  • Once your pasta is cooking heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Tip the anchovies and anchovy oil into the skillet and break up the fillets with a wooden spoon. Add the passata and stir to combine with the oil and anchovies. Slice the olives in half then add to the sauce.
  • When the pasta is al dente drain and tip into the skillet. Toss the pasta in the sauce and gradually add 100ml of fresh water to loosen. Serve and garnish with fresh basil, whole or chopped, and grate over with parmesan if you want a cheesy finish.


Published by One Tough Cooker

I'm the writer at One Tough Cooker. My experience with post-natal depression has shaped my appreciation for the family cook. We make thousands of meals to feed our families' tummies, hearts and minds.

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