On some days you just don’t feel like cooking, while still wanting something comfortable and flavoursome to eat. This is the perfect dish for that situation: it is fast and easy to cook and the bold flavours make it a great pick-me-up. Also great as a hangover breakfast/lunch, and for very hot days, when it is too hot to do much cooking involving heat.
Pick-me-up spaghetti (serves 2)
200 g spaghetti
1 can of anchovies on olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic
a sprinkle of chilli flakes
1/2 lemon (both peel and juice)
10 g flat-leaf parsley
Optional: some parmezan
Bring a pan of water to the boil. Add salt liberally. Put the spaghetti in and cook until al dente (or to how you prefer your pasta).
Pour the olive oil from the anchovies in a small frying pan. Chop the anchovies and finely chop the garlic. Add to the oil, together with the sprinkle of chilli flakes. Place on very low heat and cook, while stirring regularly, until it starts to sizzle, the anchovies are dissolved in the oil and the garlic doesn’t smell raw any more. Take care not to overheat it/cook it too long, because this will burn the garlic, which will make it bitter and icky. Turn off the heat. Chop the parsley and add it to the mixture, together with the grated lemon peel and the lemon juice.
Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix well. Finish with a sprinkle of parmezan, if you like. Serve.