Antonio’s 15 Min Spaghetti Aglio Olio E Peperoncino

There's better than a great bowl of pasta. Even more so when it's an actual Italian recipe from our Reservations Agents, Antonio...

There’s better than a great bowl of pasta. Even more so when it’s an actual Italian recipe from our Reservations Agents, Antonio…

Antonio is the life and soul of the Reservations Team. He’s always in good spirits, in keeping with his authentic and profound ‘Italian-ness’.

And what’s healthier, quicker and easier to make than a bowl of real Italian pasta? Not much eh! Understandably, as soon as it was Antonio’s turn to pull a sharp one in our five-part cooking series, pasta was at the top of the menu.

So tonight, if you’re on a bit of a budget and want something which is really going to hit the spot, then go and grab these few bits for under a tenner and crack on.

  • 450g Spaghetti
  • 60ml Olive Oil
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Red Chilli (chopped)
  • 4 Anchovy Fillets (finely chopped) OR 1 tsp Colatura di alici
  • Salt


  • 400g Shrimp
  • Parmesan to sprinkle

Serves 4 (half recipe for 2, a quarter for 1 person, etc. if you get the gist)

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Step 1

Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water for 5–6 minutes or until al dente.


Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the garlic and chilli gently, without letting them brown. At this point, you could add the anchovies and let them dissolve in the oil or add the Colatura di alici. This sauce doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to prepare.

If you’re not a fan of anchovies, then you can simply replace this with some capers.

If you’re wanting to rock and roll with the shrimp option then feel free to toss these in at the same time as everything else.


Step 3

Lift the cooked pasta from the water using pasta tongs and mix directly into the sauce. Antonio wouldn’t choose to add cheese here, but you can, only if you really insist.


Step 4

And serve with or without a sprinkle of parmesan to finish.


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