There are almost as many explanations for the origins of pasta puttanesca as there are ways to make it. Ostensibly a sauce invented and made by prostitutes, it was designed to lure customers with its powerful aroma. Whatever the origin, no better cold-weather pasta sauce has come down to us. Puttanesca can be made completely with ingredients from the larder; in fact, it can be prepared entirely without ingredients that require refrigeration, though a bit of a fresh herb at the end does help. The basis is a garlicky tomato sauce; canned tomatoes are preferable here. This is brought to a high level of flavor by the addition of anchovies, capers and olives. Red pepper flakes make things even better. The whole process is ridiculously easy.
Provided by Mark Bittman
Categories dinner, pastas, appetizer, main course
Yield 3 to 6 servings
Number Of Ingredients 11
- Bring pot of water to boil and salt it. Warm 2 tablespoons oil with garlic and anchovies in skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is lightly golden.
- Drain tomatoes and crush with fork or hands. Add to skillet, with some salt and pepper. Raise heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes break down and mixture becomes saucy, about 10 minutes. Stir in olives, capers and red pepper flakes, and continue to simmer.
- Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until it is tender but not mushy. Drain quickly and toss with sauce and remaining tablespoon of oil. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary, garnish with herbs if you like, and serve.
Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 384, UnsaturatedFat 7 grams, Carbohydrate 63 grams, Fat 9 grams, Fiber 5 grams, Protein 12 grams, SaturatedFat 1 gram, Sodium 539 milligrams, Sugar 6 grams
- Cook the pasta until al dente according to the package directions.
- Mash (in this order) the garlic, anchovies and olives using a mortar and pestle, or just chop them finely together. Set aside.
- Using a fork, crumble the Parmesan.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red onions and cook until slightly caramelized. Add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes. Pour in the broth or wine and cook for another 2 minutes, then pour in the garlic/anchovy/olive mixture. Stir and continue cooking until the sauce is nice and reduced and wonderful, several minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Add the crumbled Parmesan and toss to coat the pasta in the sauce. Tear the basil leaves and sprinkle over the top. Serve right out of the skillet.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 294, Fat 13 grams, SaturatedFat 4 grams, Cholesterol 14 milligrams, Sodium 686 milligrams, Carbohydrate 32 grams, Fiber 2 grams, Protein 13 grams, Sugar 3 grams
This pasta puttanesca recipe is great for a big gathering. It works well as a starter dish or as a main dish for a smaller group. One peeled, diced carrot may be used in place of the sugar for a milder, sweeter and healthier substitute.-Kathryn White, Pinehurst, North Carolina
Provided by Taste of Home
Categories Side Dishes
Yield 8 servings.
Number Of Ingredients 17
- Cook pasta according to package directions. , Meanwhile, heat Dutch oven oven medium-high heat. Add oil; cook and stir carrot and anchovy fillets until carrot is tender. Stir in olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, capers, oregano, thyme, fennel and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 10-15 minutes., Drain pasta. Add pasta and basil to sauce mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 283 calories, Fat 5g fat (1g saturated fat), Cholesterol 3mg cholesterol, Sodium 362mg sodium, Carbohydrate 50g carbohydrate (6g sugars, Fiber 5g fiber), Protein 10g protein.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
- Heat oil in a skillet over low heat; cook garlic in oil until golden. Add sieved tomatoes, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in anchovies, tomato paste, capers, olives, and red pepper flakes. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Toss pasta with sauce, and serve.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 489.9 calories, Carbohydrate 38.7 g, Cholesterol 44.3 mg, Fat 34 g, Fiber 4.1 g, Protein 9.3 g, SaturatedFat 4.7 g, Sodium 727.7 mg, Sugar 3.4 g
Legend has it that this savory recipe was a favorite of "ladies of the night" in Italy (the term puttanesca derives from puttana, the Italian word for prostitute), who quickly prepared and ate the dish between clients. Now, of course, it's simply known as a flavorful meal that's easy to make in just a few minutes.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Number Of Ingredients 10
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and pasta, and cook until pasta is al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain.
- While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, red-pepper flakes, and anchovies. Cook, stirring, until aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, reserved juice, capers, and olives. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir pasta into sauce. Cook, stirring, until sauce clings to pasta, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsley. Serve immediately.
SPAGHETTI ALLA PUTTANESCA
- Combine tomatoes, olive oil, onion, basil, anchovy paste, garlic, oregano, baking soda, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, 1 to 2 hours. Add olives, capers, and parsley during the last 20 to 30 minutes of cooking.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.
- Divide spaghetti among serving bowls; ladle sauce over noodles and sprinkle red pepper flakes on top.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 626.3 calories, Carbohydrate 97.3 g, Cholesterol 0.6 mg, Fat 19.2 g, Fiber 8 g, Protein 17.6 g, SaturatedFat 2.8 g, Sodium 1184.2 mg, Sugar 8.2 g
Cook up this classic sauce in one pan, then toss with spaghetti for a simple midweek meal. It's budget-friendly too, making it a great meal for the family
Provided by Esther Clark
Categories Dinner, Pasta, Supper
Number Of Ingredients 10
- Heat the oil in a non-stick pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion along with a generous pinch of salt and fry for 10 mins, or until soft. Add the garlic and chilli, if using, and cook for a further minute.
- Stir the tomatoes, anchovies, olives and capers into the onion, bring to a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, for 15 mins. Season to taste.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the spaghetti following pack instructions, then drain and toss with the sauce and parsley.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 495 calories, Fat 19 grams fat, SaturatedFat 3 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 66 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 8 grams sugar, Fiber 6 grams fiber, Protein 13 grams protein, Sodium 1.8 milligram of sodium
EASY PASTA PUTTANESCA
Pasta Puttanesca literally means "Harlot's Pasta". This zippy, mildly spicy sauce was made by the ladies of the night in Italy after a day's work. Use whatever noodle style your family enjoys, but I recommend traditional linguine or penne. This dish is extremely adaptable to your own taste. Try adding peppers or Italian sausage for a different flavor.
Provided by tsims48212
Categories One Dish Meal
Yield 5-7 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Cook pasta to al dente pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, sautee onion, crushed red pepper, anchony paste and garlic in a large, deep sauce pan in olive oil over medium heat until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add all other ingredients EXCEPT parsley, seasoning to taste.
- Stir well, and let simmer 10-20 minutes on low.
- Add parsley in last three minutes of cooking.
- Toss sauce with pasta.
- Top with cheese to taste, and serve.
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How do you make pasta puttenesca?How do I make pasta puttenesca? Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped garlic, anchovy paste and red pepper flakes to the pan. Saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Crush the tomatoes by hand then add them to the pan along with the salt and black pepper.
What is pasta puttanesca and what does it taste like?Pasta puttanesca comes from Naples, Italy. The sauce is known for its olives and capers, which are plentiful in the region. It’s also known for being quick to prepare—it's a classic dish you can whip up in minutes! For more pasta ideas, read up on these 5-star pasta recipes.
What is in a one Pot Spaghetti puttanesca?One-Pot Spaghetti Puttanesca is full of big, bold flavors from the anchovies, Kalamata olives, and capers – the trifecta for a winning puttanesca. Heat oil in a large skillet (with high sides) over medium heat.
What are the best tips for making puttanesca sauce?Puttanesca sauce requires capers, black olives, hot pepper, garlic, parsley, anchovie s, and ripe vine tomatoes. Don’t swap the latter for canned, bottled sauce, or diced tomatoes – fresh tomatoes reap the best result. Garlic is another important ingredient. Depending on preference, it's advised to use one or two cloves per pound of pasta.