Serves a Crowd

Spaghetti Puttanesca

October 16, 2009
2 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

As most everyone knows, this pasta is named for prostitutes. Why? Because it is fast and easy to make, so that they can get back to work—or at least that's what my mother told me. But I wonder if it doesn't get its name from the mere fact that it is quick and easy to make. You can throw this sauce together while you are cooking the pasta. It is so tangy and delicious that it just might seem illicit. —Giulia Melucci

What You'll Need
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for finishing
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  1. Place a large pot of water over high heat. When the water is boiling add plenty of salt (salty water is essential to tasty pasta) then add the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the anchovies, breaking them up with a wooden spoon (they will eventually dissolve), then the garlic, saute for about a minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, wine, olives, capers, and sugar, bring the sauce to a simmer, lower heat, and continue cooking until pasta is ready to meet it. Taste for salt; this sauce may not need any as the ingredients are already pretty salty.
  4. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce, continue cooking the spaghetti and the sauce for a few seconds, add a dash more olive oil, then half the chopped parsley.
  5. Serve the pasta in warm bowls garnished with the remaining parsley.

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1 Review

ellbell March 9, 2010
Made this last night for dinner and it was the perfect week night meal! minimal chopping and minimal ingredients -- my two criteria!