Pasta with Chicory, Anchovies and Stracciatella

Last week I was strolling around the Copenhagen’s popular market place, Torvehallerne. This market is located right by Nørreport Station, in a vibrant area of the city center. Among the Danish delicacies (the well known smørrebrød – the Danish open sandwich – it is a must-try) the farmers sell local vegetables, and some Italian niche products. There I found the Catalogna chicory, aka Puntarelle, which is considered the most important Italian variety of large-leaf chicory. Could I miss the chance to buy it and prepare a very Italian pasta with chicory, stracciatella cheese and anchovies? Absolutely not! (Marinella)

More recipes with chicory here: Sautéed chicory, Chicory with anchovies sauce: Puntarelle alla romana.


Pasta with Chicory

Preparation Time: 20 min


  • 320g Spaghetti
  • One medium size Chicory
  • 4 anchovy fillets in oil
  • 250g Stracciatella cheese (the inner part of 2 burrata) or 1 fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Evo oil, salt and Pepper


  • Remove the light-green inner part of the chicory. With a sharp knife cut each crunchy stalk lengthwise into thin (as thin as you can) strips and place them in a bowl filled with cold water.
  • Steam the external deep – green leaves until softened. 
  • Keep aside 1 spoon of stracciatella cheese to decorate the dish. 
  • Blend the steamed leaves along with 1 spoon of Evo Oil, the anchovies and the cheese until obtaining a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Fill a big pot with water and bring to a boil. When it is boiling add salt (about 20g, or 3.5 tsp, for 3 lt of water). Cook the Spaghetti in the boiling water according to the package instructions, until al dente.
  • In a serving bowl pour the chicory sauce along with the Spaghetti, and toss well. Serve the pasta in 4 plates and decorate with some stracciatella cheese and the chicory strips (drained and dried). Finish with EVO oil and pepper.

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