An easy weeknight dinner takes less than 35 minutes is this meatless puttanesca sauce with spaghetti recipe.
Puttanesca Sauce with Spaghetti Recipe
Puttanesca sauce is a spicy sauce traditionally made using pantry staples that are kept in most Italian kitchens – tomatoes, pepperoncini or red pepper flakes, anchovies, olives and capers.
One variation of the origin of this sauce is that the ‘ladies of the evening’ would make this dish and place it on the window sill hoping the aromas would lure in customers. This version is the one I’ve seen written on several restaurant menus for this dish.
A simple sauce to make, Puttanesca sauce with spaghetti recipe is also very flexible. The basis of this sauce is its spicy and salty flavors. Use the olives you prefer and you can eliminate the anchovy. In some restaurants you can ask to have the anchovy eliminated (which is what grampy does), but some restaurants already have the sauce pre-made with the anchovy included. It’s really just the style of the restaurant.
Puttanesca sauce is usually served with spaghetti or angel hair pasta. You can use your favorite pasta shape. I sometimes use Penne pasta. I use the Dreamfields brand spaghetti which is a good choice for those who are watching their carb intake.
Here’s an easy recipe that my mom passed down to us. You can start the sauce while the pasta water boils. In 30 minutes dinner is ready and this is one sauce you can prepare in advance if you know your week will be hectic.
If made in advance this sauce will stay fresh at least 3 days in the fridge. That’s always a huge time saver for me when schedules get hectic.
If you enjoy slightly spicy and salty flavors this sauce is worth a try for a quick and easy meal. When you can make a recipe in advance it’s worth a try.Print
Puttanesca Sauce With Spaghetti Recipe
Puttanesca sauce is a meatless spicy red sauce traditionally made using pantry staples that are kept in most Italian kitchens – tomatoes, anchovies, olives, capers, and pepperoncini or red pepper flakes. Originally Puttanesca was considered a rustic sauce, so you can use chunky tomato style sauce if you choose.
- Prep Time: 12-15 min.
- Cook Time: 30 min.
- Total Time: 35-45 min
- Yield: 2-4 servings
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: American/Italian
- 1 box spaghetti (or use your preferred pasta)
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2-4 cloves garlic, sliced
- 3 -5 anchovy fillets or use 2-4 teaspoons anchovy paste
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes
- 3 TBLS. olive oil
- 1 28 oz.can San Marzano crushed tomatoes (or whatever tomatoes you have)
- 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved (or use your favorite olives)
- 1/2 cup pitted green olives, halved
- 2-4 tsp. drained capers
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 2-4 TBLS. chopped basil
- Bring pot of water to boil and add salt.
- In a large saute pan heat 2 the olivie oil and add in the chopped garlic and onions. Saute until onions are translucent and the garlic is just lightly golden. Add in the anchovies and gently stir them into the onion mixture. They will break up a little and eventually melt into the sauce.
- Stir in the crushed tomatoes and continue to cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally to be sure the onion/anchovy mixture blends.
- Stir in olives, capers and red pepper flakes, and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally while the pasta cooks.
- Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
- Drain pasta and save the pasta water. Toss the pasta with the sauce in a large bowl, adding in the chopped parsley and basil. Stir well. If the sauce is too thick add in a scoop of pasta water and stir well.
- Taste for additional seasonings as needed. Add grated parmagiano reggiano cheese if you like.
TIP: The sauce can be prepared using crushed tomatoes, or you can use fresh garden tomatoes and chop them in a mini chopper. This will make the sauce much lighter and you can probably use less garlic, anchioves and olives. It’s really just a personal preference.
Keywords: Italian Puttanesca Sauce, Spaghetti with puttanesca sauce, Italian spaghetti dinner,
This meatless puttanesca sauce is spicy and salty from the anchovy, capers and olives. Be sure to taste the sauce while you are preparing it before you add in the seasonings.
Serve a large tossed salad and crusty focaccia bread with this meal.
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*Recipe and Photos Updated in 2018