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Spaghetti with Rocket

Category: food

Pair al denté spaghetti with flavourful garlic and baby capers for this delicious winter recipe. Seasoned with lemon juice, this speedy pasta dish is bursting with fresh winter flavours.


1. Cook the spaghetti in a large saucepan of salted, boiling water for 8-10 minutes until 'al dente. '

2. Drain well, reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking liquid.

3. Heat the oil in a large saute pan set over a moderate heat until hot. Add the garlic and saute for 20 seconds, and then add the capers and most of the rocket. Add the spaghetti and toss well until the rocket starts to wilt.

4. Add the Parmesan in two additions, adding the cooking water in between to loosen the spaghetti.

5. Once the spaghetti is glossy and the rocket is clinging to it, season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

6. Lift into plates and serve with the remaining rocket on top.

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  • Serves: 4
  • Time needed: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy


  • 500 g spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 60 g | 1/3 cup baby capers, in brine, drained
  • 150 g | 3 cups rocket, washed
  • 80 g | 3/4 cup Parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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