Garlic-Anchovy Pasta with Broccolini


Here, we sprinkle the final pasta dish with crumbled goat cheese for nice tangy bites throughout. But if you prefer a creamy sauce, stir the cheese into the pasta in Step 3 along with the reserved cooking water.

Garlic-Anchovy Pasta with Broccolini
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 anchovy fillets (see Tip)

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby spinach

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta

  • 2 bunches broccolini or 1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup chopped almonds, toasted

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

  • Grated lemon zest for garnish


  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add anchovies, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, pressing the anchovies with the back of a wooden spoon to break them up, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add spinach in 2 batches and cook, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

  3. Add pasta and broccolini (or broccoli rabe) to the boiling water and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water. Drain and transfer the pasta and vegetables to the skillet; toss to combine, adding enough of the reserved water to achieve desired consistency. Toss with parsley and salt and serve topped with almonds and goat cheese. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired.


The little fish that goes a long way, anchovies pack tons of umami flavor into this pasta. Look for packages sporting the blue Marine Stewardship Council certification label for the most sustainable option.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
21g Fat
51g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 2/3 cups
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 548mg 24%
Potassium 607mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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