Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Caper Pesto Sauce Recipe

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Kristen Robertson Modified: March 23, 2022
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Caper Pesto Sauce Recipe

How To Make Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Caper Pesto Sauce

This whole wheat spaghetti is made with a bite of herby pesto sauce, infused with tangy capers and salty anchovies, for a flavor-packed Italian meal!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • 1lbwhole wheat spaghetti
  • 4tbspsalted capers
  • 2garlic cloves
  • 6anchovy fillets
  • 2cupsflat-leaf parsley leaves,packed
  • ½cupextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1cupparmesan cheese,freshly grated
  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti to the pot, then cook, stirring frequently the first 3 minutes and then occasionally, for about 2 minutes less than recommended on the package, until the pasta is al dente.

  2. Take ¼ cup of pasta water and set aside in a bowl.

  3. Combine the capers, garlic, anchovies, and parsley in a blender or food processor. Process, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed until parsley is finely chopped. Add oil in a fine stream, blending until creamy.

  4. Transfer sauce to a medium bowl; stir in the cheese. Drain the pasta and transfer to a large bowl.

  5. Stir the reserved pasta water into the pesto. Pour sauce over pasta and mix well to combine.

  6. Top with pepper and more cheese, serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 808.33kcal
  • Fat: 39.11g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.32g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.04g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.91g
  • Carbohydrates: 89.52g
  • Fiber: 1.47g
  • Sugar: 0.61g
  • Protein: 32.87g
  • Cholesterol: 30.38mg
  • Sodium: 960.36mg
  • Calcium: 550.25mg
  • Potassium: 495.49mg
  • Iron: 6.94mg
  • Vitamin A: 204.76µg
  • Vitamin C: 40.74mg
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