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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

Puttanesca can be made completely with ingredients found in most pantries. In fact, it can be made entirely without ingredients that require refrigeration. (although some fresh herbs at the end is good).
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta, Puttanesca
Servings: 4
Calories: 146kcal


  • Pot for boiling water
  • Sauté pan for the sauce


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 6 anchovy fillets chopped
  • 1/4 Tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 35 oz. can whole peeled Italian tomatoes with their juices crushed
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1 Tbsp. capers drained
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil for garnish optional


  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil.
    Heat the oil
  • Cook the garlic, anchovies and crushed red pepper over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes.
    Sauté Aromatics
  • Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
    Tomato Paste
  • Stir in the sugar, olives and capers.
  • Add the canned tomatoes with their juices.
    Canned Tomatoes
  • Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
    Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Simmer the sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and reduces about 30 minutes.
    Simmer Sauce
  • While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta, per directions on the box.
    Pasta Al Dente
  • When pasta is cooked al dente, using a pasta strainer, transfer cooked pasta into the sauce pan and allow it to continue to cook in the sauce, about 1-2 minutes.
    Pasta added to Sauce
  • Season again with salt and pepper and garnish with basil if desired.
    Basil Garnish



Read the beginning of the post for the origins of the name "Puttanesca"


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.3g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 16.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11.4g | Cholesterol: 4.5mg | Sodium: 1051.6mg | Potassium: 454.6mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 3.6g | Vitamin A: 39.3IU | Vitamin C: 90.7mg | Calcium: 10.6mg | Iron: 19.9mg
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