Spaghetti with Olives and Crispy Capers Recipe

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  • Vegetarian
serves: 2
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 681 kCal 34%
Fat 24g 34%
  -  Saturates 3.5g 18%


  • 250g (9oz) spaghetti
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra
  • 2tbsp salted capers, well rinsed and dried
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • good pinch of sugar
  • 4tbsp pitted black olives in oil
  • freshly grated Parmesan, to serve


  • First off, get a large pan of salted water on the boil to cook the spaghetti. Heat through the oil in a sauté pan, add the capers and quickly cook until crispy, then remove with a slotted spoon. Set aside. Add the tomatoes to the same pan (you can leave in the oil for more flavour), along with the sugar and some seasoning. Let them simmer, then just before the pasta is ready, throw in the olives.

  • Drain the pasta, return it to the pan, add the sauce, mix, then divide between two bowls. Scatter over the capers, add an extra drizzle of olive oil if you like, then grate over some Parmesan. Serve immediately.

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