Entrées Recipes

Pasta of Ill Repute

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is a quick, spicy pasta made with things from your pantry and is named for Italy’s “Ladies of the Night”; hence the name.
  • Olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 anchovy fillets chopped (these add a subtle, salty flavor, it’s not fishy) omit for vegan
  • 21/2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes (or 1 can crushed tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives, chopped (black or mixed)
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp-1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • fresh herbs & Parmesan to garnish (optional)
Bring a pot of water to boil for the pasta.
In a large frying pan over low heat, warm some olive oil and garlic until fragrant- about 2 minutes.
Add anchovies and cook, mashing with your wooden spoon about 2 more minutes.
Raise heat to medium, add tomatoes, olives, capers, and spices, stirring frequently as it thickens. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
Meanwhile, drop your pasta and cook.
When done, drain and reserve about 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
Add your pasta to your frying pan with sauce and add the reserved pasta water if needed, until sauce is a good consistency.
Sprinkle with cheese and fresh herbs.


One reply on “Pasta of Ill Repute”

I like to use a can of chopped clams instead of the anchovie as well as some artichoke hearts. You can drain the clams or leave the briny juice. One of our favorite meals!

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