Italian Recipes: Spaghetti ca muddica

23 January 2019 || Pasta, Recipes

Italian recipes can be very simple and cheap to make, you only need the best quality ingredients and little time to prepare them.

We are going to propose to you a series of lesser known, regional Italian recipes that you will love and we will start with this very popular southern pasta recipe prepared both in Sicily and Calabria.

Italian recipes: Spaghetti ca muddica (Spaghetti with breadcrumbs)

Ingredients for 4 people

350g of Gragnano spaghetti

1 clove of garlic

40g of Cetara anchovy fillets in oil

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 spicy fresh chilli

100g of black olives

50g of breadcrumbs

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt



1. Peel the garlic clove and cut it into 2/3 pieces. Finely chop the parsley, De-stone the olives and cut them in to little pieces

2. Prepare the sauce in a pan with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Pour the garlic into it and leave to season for a couple of minutes. Combine the chopped pepper and the anchovies, mix them with a wooden spoon and after a couple of minutes turn off the heat.

3. Toast the breadcrumbs in a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan until golden.

4. Cook the spaghetti in 3 litres of salted boiling water. Drain when ‘al dente’ and pour into the pan with the olives and anchovies. Saute on high heat for 2 minutes, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and parsley and serve immediately


This ‘Cucina Povera’ recipe, dating back to the Middle Age, is a small masterpiece of essentiality made with “poor” ingredients that mix together to give it fantastic flavours and aromas.

To prepare this tasty Italian recipe would take you no more than 15 minutes and would cost less then 2 pounds per person.

The perfect wine for this dish is a mineral dry white like Vermentino or Falanghina.



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