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Good Friday Pasta: Anchovy & Broccoli Rabe #Foodie Friday

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It is traditional on Good Friday for Italians to eat a simple meatless dish. Some people make fish, others a vegetarian pasta dish made with walnuts, breadcrumbs and olive oil... and some folks make this olive oil based pasta dish which is flavored with anchovy and red pepper flakes. 

Usually Good Friday Pasta doesn't have greens in it,  but I can't eat a meal that doesn't include vegetables, so I added Broccoli Rabe which is a bitter green symbolizing the bitterness of the day. The saltiness of the anchovy represents the tears shed by Jesus' followers.

The taste of this pasta is not fishy. Anchovy when turned into a pasta and mixed into a sauce because a flavor enhancer. If you are interested this post explains the phenomenon in more detail: The Height of Flavor: Glutamate Cooking. The dish is a very homey comforting meal that requires little work, which is nice, especially if you are like me and will be hosting Easter dinner.

...so relax this evening and rest in preparation for Easter if you are celebrating it.


Anchovy Broccoli Rabe Pasta a.k.a Good Friday Pasta

by Diane Balch

preparation time: 15 minutes                                 Serves: 4 - 6


1/2 cups of Extra-Virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic minced
1 dash red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon crushed anchovy or anchovy paste
1 bunch of greens chopped either: broccoli rabe, spinach, or escarole
1 pound pasta. (I used fusilli)
garnish: parmesan cheese


1) Bring put at least 2 tablespoons of salt in a large sauce pan of water to boil for the pasta.

2) While the water is coming to a boil in a large skillet put the oil and garlic. Heat the oil and garlic together. This helps to infuse the oil with the garlic flavor. Do not brown the garlic. It will become bitter.

3) When the oil begins to get hot add the anchovy and red pepper flakes. Whisk the anchovy into the oil until it dissolves.

4) Add the greens. Salt them and cook until they wilt. 

5) When the pasta is cooked add it to the skillet. Mix well. Let sit for at least 5 minutes. Check salt. Add pepper and garnish with parmesan cheese.

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  1. Your pasta looks awesome! I did pasta as well this week. Thanks for hosting, have a wonderful weekend! ~ Paula

  2. Great combo and looks fabulous! Thanks for the party....

  3. Thanks for hosting! Have a Happy Easter, and a great week.

  4. Hope you have a wonderful Easter and thanks for hosting the party. I've brought asparagus with a fig balsamic vinegar & shallot vinaigrette. Perfect for a buffet because it can be served at room temperature.

    1. I looked at this recipe on your site... delicious. Thanks for bringing it. Happy Easter.

  5. Gosh that pasta looks so good Diane. (Sorry to laugh but hope that Chocolate Babka hasn't got a hair on it! LOL I'm a huge Seinfeld fan.)

    Anne xx

    1. Anne... ha, ha, I remember the Babka episode... Hysterical.

  6. Good Morning Diane,
    Broccoli Rabe one of my favorites, looks yummy! Wishing you and your family a very Blessed Easter and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you Miz Helen... I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter too.

  7. I love all these green meatless pasta dishes you keep sharing. Yum!

    1. They are a staple of the Italian diet and a great way to get greens into your kids. Mine don't even realize what their eating because they are so focused on consuming pasta.

  8. The pasta looks delicious, some of my favorite flavors combined. Have a great weekend!


  9. Your Good Friday Pasta sounds easy, delicious and full of flavour. I've shared a fish dish for Good Friday too. Thank you for hosting. Wishing you and your family a Blessed Easter!

    1. Great.. I am always looking for fish dishes. Happy Easter to you and your family April.

  10. Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you have a lovely holiday!

  11. Thank you for featuring my Kale recipe! We've never tried anchovies with the kids, but I have a nearly-five-year-old admiring your Broccoli Rabe over my shoulder right now!

    1. Anchovy has a bad reputation. It really is not fishy in a sauce. I think you might have a window of opportunity if your 5 yr old is showing interest.

  12. Thank you so much for the party, Diane! Have a happy Easter :)

    1. Happy Easter to you too Lyuba.. so glad to have you back regularly at Foodie Friday.

  13. Happy Easter Diane.... I've never used anchovy...I know I should, the mister loves it! Maybe I will surprise him.

    1. Well. this is a good introductory recipe to anchovies... because you don't really taste them, they just enhance the flavor. I hope you give it a try Deb. Happy Easter.

  14. Thanks for hosting Diane. Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter.

  15. Happy Easter Diane.

    the pasta with the greens look inviting. can you suggest a good substitute for the anchovies. my husband does not have fish.

    1. Put about 8 cloves of garlic in the olive oil instead of the anchovy paste. This will make a nice garlic sauce which goes well with the broccoli rabe.

    2. Then again, maybe I'll just use the garlic :)

    3. Thanks Diane. I'll try that.

  16. Thank you for the party Diane
    Happy holiday to you (and to us, as we celebrate Passover)

  17. I've always been a little scared to try anchovies. The way you describe the pasta makes me want to give it a chance. I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

    1. Really all a myth. Anchovies in a sauce are just a flavor enhancer. Straight up anchovies... now they are fishy and salty.

  18. The perfect way to use your anchovies! I'm your latest G+ follower, visiting today from Freedom Fridays.

    1. Great to have you. thanks for coming over from Evelyn's party.

  19. Diane,
    I'm so excited and thrilled that you featured my Chocolate Babka. My hubby would love your anchovy and broccoli rabe pasta and we have broccoli rabe in the fridge.
    Thanks so much.
    Happy Easter.

    1. You are very welcome. I always wanted to make Babka and your recipe looks delicious. I hope you try the pasta recipe. It is really a great thing to do with broccoli rabe.

  20. Thank you for another batch of foodie links!

    1. You are very welcome, thanks for stopping by.

  21. I must admit, I have never tried anchovy anything. This pasta dish looks really good, I may have to give it a try!

    Thank you for linking this recipe to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at http://Feedingbig.com

  22. Thank you for including your recipe, Diane. Until a few years ago, our local groceries didn't sell broccoli rabe(it was just as difficult to find bow tie pasta!), but now it's available. Rattlebridge Farm's Foodie Friday will celebrate its 4th anniversary on April 11th, so please join us. Have a great weekend.

  23. YUM! I love some anchovy in my pasta and the addition of broccoli rabe sounds so good.Thanks so much for linking up to Friday Food Frenzy!

  24. I've been meaning to cook with anchovies for a while... for some reason i haven't. But your little pasta dish makes it look accessible :)

    ...also, i can't eat a meal without veggies either. It feels wrong. haha.

    thank you so much for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real food posts! xo, kristy

  25. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  26. Your pasta looks and sounds awesome. I love a pasta dish that includes so much green. And the chilli is the icing on the cake... or the chilli on the pasta.

    1. Thanks so much... it is a comfort food for me. It makes me think of what my grandmother from Italy would cook.


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