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My Easy Pasta Puttanesca

My Easy Pasta Puttanesca recipe is a really simple and budget friendly tomato based sauce. Made with a savory mix of anchovies, garlic, olives, hot pepper flakes, and capers. Spaghetti is tossed in this delicious sauce and it's garnished with some chopped fresh Italian parsley. A little bit spicy, and super flavorful!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, Sauce
Servings: 6
Author: Lora

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-6 anchovy fillets to your taste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional and use more if you like it hot
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 28- ounce can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • ½ cup pitted gaeta or kalamata olives, sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons capers
  • salt for the pasta water and optional for the sauce
  • ½ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once the water boils, salt it. Bring to another boil, and add in the pasta. Cook it to 1 minute less than al dente.
  • In a large saute’ pan, add the extra-virgin olive oil and heat until it’s shimmering. Add in the anchovies and stir with a wooden spoon breaking them up. They will melt right into the oil. If you are making your sauce spicy, add in the red pepper flakes (to your taste).
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    Add in the garlic and once it is fragrant and has a little color, add in the tomatoes and their juices. Stir with wooden spoon to break up. Add in the olives and capers and bring the sauce to a simmer.  Check the sauce and add a little salt, if needed. Mine was salty enough from the anchovies, olives, and capers, so I did not add any salt. 
  • As soon as the water boils, boil your pasta (I used spaghetti and mine was just before al dente at around 8 minutes). Drain the pasta when it is just before reaching al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  • Raise the heat of the sauce a little. Add the pasta to the saute’ pan with the sauce. Stir to combine and add a little bit of pasta water if the sauce is too thick. 
  • Plate up the pasta and add on some chopped Italian parsley. ENJOY!