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Kidspot Kitchen

Cherry tomato, anchovy and capsicum spaghetti recipe

Pasta recipes with a simple sauce make easy family dinners. This spaghetti recipe combines anchovies, cherry tomatoes, lemon and parmesan cheese. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 200g spaghettini, cooked al dente
  • 5 anchovies, chopped roughly
  • 1 stick of fresh thyme or 1tsp dried thyme
  • 60g parmesan cheese, shaved or finely grated
  • zest of 1 lemon + juice of half
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 green capsicum, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp garlic infused oil or ½ clove garlic crushed/finely chopped mixed with 2 tbsp olive oil


In a mortar and pestle, bruise the thyme, add the garlic oil and mash until combined.

Toss into the spaghettini and add cherry tomatoes, green capsicum and anchovies.

Put on heat for 2 minutes just to combine and infuse. Toss through parmesan and serve.


  • Seriously, the whole thing takes 10 minutes or 15 minutes tops. There's nothing quite as magical as something that's quick, easy, healthy and absolutely yummy.
  • I had a lovely cooking experience making this yesterday with my girls. I was craving one of my old, old favourites from when I was a single gal and thought I'd give the kids a try at it.... so I cooked up some spaghettini (really thin spaghetti) and whilst it was cooking got my girls to help make the rest.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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