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Pasta Puttanesca

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Pasta Puttanesca is a lovely Italian pasta main dish of dubious meaning. The ingredients are amazing and full of flavour and combine perfectly. I use spaghetti in this recipe but linguine or fettuccine are ideal substitutes if needed. A traditional mix of garlic and onion with soft anchovies and salty capers creates the base of a sauce. Add chopped tomatoes, olives and pepper flakes and the flavours take off.

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Pasta Puttanesca

So quick and so full of flavour.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Herbs, Pasta, Sauce, Spaghetti, Vegetables
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 375kcal



  • Place a large pan of water over a high heat. Add salt and bring to a boil.
  • When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook per instructions.
  • In a large deep sided frying pan add the olive oil and heat over a medium heat.
  • When hot, add the chopped onion and fry until soft and translucent. Will take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the anchovies to the pan with a little of the olive oil from the anchovy tin. (Its gorgeous).
  • Also add the chopped garlic cloves and fry for about another minute. (don’t burn the garlic)
  • Add the tomato puree/paste and stir in. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, chili flakes, olives, capers and oregano.
  • Raise the heat to bring the sauce to a simmer and then reduce to a lower heat so it still maintains a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • The pasta should be cooked by now so drain the pasta in a sieve over a mug to catch some of the water.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and mix thoroughly whilst still heating.
  • Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the dish.
  • Serve immediately on warmed dishes/plates


Sodium: 388mg | Calcium: 89mg | Vitamin C: 19mg | Vitamin A: 520IU | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 5g | Potassium: 552mg | Cholesterol: 2mg | Calories: 375kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 7g | Protein: 12g | Carbohydrates: 67g | Iron: 3mg