Spaghetti alla Puttanesca Recipe

by katerina on February 24, 2013

This is an update from the archives, originally posted in 2007.

Spaghetti alla puttanesca is one of my favorite recipes to cook during the week. It can easily be made with ingredients which keep well in the cupboard and fridge and comes together in less than 20 minutes. Plus, spicy and salty are two things I love.

Pasta Puttanesca

Now, if you haven’t heard the origin of this dish, well check out wikipedia, needless to say, puttanesca is an interesting name. Need to make it vegetarian? Omit the anchovies; although I love them but it is salty enough anyways.

Pasta Puttanesca

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Pasta Puttanesca

(serves 2)

200g spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 anchovies, chopped (or 2 teaspoons anchovy paste)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 small can whole tomatoes (300ml, approx 11/2 cups)
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
ΒΌ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons capers
parmesan, for garnish

1. Turn on a big pot of water to a boil. While it comes to a boil, start your sauce.

2. In a medium skillet put the olive oil, garlic, anchovies, and chillies in the pan and turn on the heat to medium low. Watch, stirring regularly as the garlic and the anchovies start to slowly melt into the oil, don't let the garlic brown though!

3. Just before the garlic starts to brown you will want to add the tomatoes, either add them to the pan and break them up with a spoon as you go, or, do as I do and squeeze them through your fingers while you add to the pan along with the olives. Add the oregano and bring to a simmer.

4. The water should be boiling by now so cook your pasta according to package directions. When the pasta is ready, drain it. Toss the capers and parsley with the sauce, and then the sauce with the pasta.

5. Serve, garnished with parmesan cheese if desired.

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes | Total Time:20 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 525

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason December 12, 2009 at 3:24 am

This looks nice, but anchovies aren't vegetarian, and it's in that category. Pescatarian, maybe?


Katerina December 13, 2009 at 4:17 am

You are quite right! I actually used to make this all the time when I was vegetarian but I would omit the anchovies. I have updated the page!


Bob February 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Good receipe I add a1/2 cup of a dry red table wine


Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet February 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Saw the title and I was like WHAT? My hubby comes from Italy so of course when we visit we tend to hear the “bad” words every so often. But this is a fantastic pasta!


Amanda May 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

Good receipe I add a1/2 cup of a dry red table wine


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