Kale pasta with chilli & anchovy

Anchovies and robust greens are a classic partnership and the saltiness of the fish teams well with pasta

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 792
  • fat 34g
  • saturates 8g
  • carbs 98g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 30g
  • salt 1.42g


  • 250g penne or other tubular pasta
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced (seeds in or out - it's up to you
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 anchovies, finely chopped
  • 200g young kale, shredded
  • juice 1?2 lemon
  • 50g parmesan, half finely grated, half shaved


The age of kale
Cooking time for kale depends on its age. Younger stems can be cooked in a little oil; older leaves will need to steam in a splash of water. Anchovies and robust greens are a classic partnership but, if you’re vegetarian, swap the anchovy for some crumbled vegetarian goat’s cheese and just stir it through at the end.Healthy benefits
Tenderstems supply five times the amount of potent anti-cancer compounds called glucosinolates than standard broccoli. They are an excellent source of the vitamins A, C and folate and are particularly


  1. Boil the pasta. While it’s cooking, heat half the oil in a saucepan, then sizzle the chilli, garlic and anchovies. Add the kale, then gently fry until tender, adding a drop of water if needed.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a few tbsp water, then toss the pasta and water through the kale, adding the rest of the olive oil, lemon juice and grated Parmesan. Serve scattered with the Parmesan shavings.

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