Linguine with rocket pesto, anchovy and chilli

Whip up a flavour-packed meal in just 15 minutes with this delicious linguine recipe. You'll love the combination of zesty homemade rocket pesto, salty anchovies and spicy chilli

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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  • 500 gram linguine
  • 100 gram rocket, plus extra to serve
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons extra
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely diced
  • 10 whole anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 3 long red chillies, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • slivered almonds, chilli flakes to serve


  • 1
    In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook linguine following packet instructions. Drain, reserving ¼ cup cooking water. Set aside.
  • 2
    In a food processor, pulse rocket, olive oil, lemon juice and half the garlic until combined. Set aside.
  • 3
    In a large saucepan, heat extra olive oil on medium. Cook tomato, anchovies, chillies and remaining garlic for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • 4
    Add pasta, reserved cooking water, rocket pesto and parmesan to pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring, until sauce has thickened and pasta is hot. Season to taste.
  • 5
    Serve pasta sprinkled with slivered almonds, extra rocket and chilli flakes.


  • Shredded rotisserie chicken or sliced salami would be delicious in this dish.