Thursday 5 December 2013

Pasta Puttanesca

Before I got rid of this frankly baffling cookery book I decided to make one more thing of it and realised I had never eaten pasta puttanesca. The name translate as slut's or whore's spaghetti though there is some debate as to why the dish has that name - some say it's a reference to the sauce being hot and spicy, others say it was a quick cheap meal that prostitutes could prepare between customers. The ingredients are fairly basic and would have been cheap and readily available: tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers and garlic, and the recipe I used also had anchovies.

I got rid of the book before I wrote the recipe down but it is fairly simple. Heat a tin of tomatoes and add chopped olives, anchovies, capers, garlic and season.

Serve with pasta. Simples!

This is a very easy and fast recipe to make, so I am sharing it with Tinned Tomatoes' Pasta Please. The challenge is hosted this month by Elizabeth of Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary and her challenge is to make something with pasta that is less than half an hour from packet to plate.


  1. I'm a massive fan of puttanesca sauce. It's my fall back on recipe when I can't be bothered thinking about what to cook. A fab entry for #PastaPlease thank you! :)

  2. I love my veggie puttanesca (no anchovies) but I had no idea what the name meant!! Fascinating.


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