Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

I have been wanting to try making a puttanesca sauce for a while but the anchovies had been holding me back. I recently came across this post for spaghetti alla puttanesca which served as a reminder and was part of the inspiration to pick up some anchovies. The primary ingredients of a puttanesca, the anchovies, garlic, capers and olives are all tasty by themselves and promised to make a really tasty sauce. The sauce came together in very little time and it was really good! I enjoyed the heat added by the chili pepper flakes and it went well in a sauce that was packed full of flavour. Once again the anchovies melted into the sauce adding that bit of something not quite definable and yet very good. One of the great things about sauces is that they can be used for more than just pastas. I served some of my leftover puttanesca on some pan seared tillapia for a quick meal. The leftover puttanesca sauce was even tastier the second day.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves (chopped)
1 tablespoon anchovy fillets (chopped)
1 tablespoon capers (rinsed and chopped)
1 handful black olives (pitted and chopped)
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound spaghetti
1 handful parsley (chopped)
1 handful pecorino romano (grated, optional)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the chili pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute.
3. Add the onion and sauted until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
4. Add the garlic and anchovies and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
5. Add the capers, olives, tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Cook the spaghetti.
7. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the parsley.
7. Plate the spaghetti and top with puttanesca sauce and garnish with pecorino romano.

Tillapia all Puttanesca

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Take a look at the Presto Pasta Nights roundup at Once Upon a Feast.

42 comments:

noble pig said...

How lovely is this! So wonderful looking and rustic.

VeggieGirl said...

what a marvelous, classic meal - yum!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Those sneaky anchovies! You never know where you'll find them lurking. I'll bet they taste pretty darn good hiding in that beautiful puttanesca sauce. It looks great.

Sharon said...

Oh my that looks good! The tilapia looks especially delicious.

Neen said...

So it turns out that you like Anchovies after all? Do got a Puttanesca pizza at this trendy pizzeria in D.C., and it was really divine, so I can only imagine how good your pasta must have been.

AnticiPlate said...

Gotta love puttanesca! I actually love the history behind the dish. Have you ever looked up what Pasta alla Puttanesca means? It is quite entertaining:)

noobcook said...

I am craving spaghetti right now and seeing this is making the craving worse! Haa! Looks so yummy! :)~

Tara said...

I LOVE pasta puttanesca and yours looks spectacular. Very very nice. I'm so glad you bought the anchovies - they get such a bad wrap and they don't deserve it. Yes, I'm a freak and can eat them straight from the tin, but they truly can serve as a flavor enhancer and nothing more. They provide a flavor you just can't get anywhere else. Nice job.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks great. Did you use a whole wheat pasta?

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

I made this just the other day and totally love it...I could almost eat capers by the spoonful. I thought it might be a whole wheat pasta too! Looking gorgeous as usual :)

Lori said...

Thanks for the great recipe using anchovies, this is one I really want to try!

Manggy said...

Wow! This is just one of these sauces that are classic for a reason-- as a bonus, it's really easy to make, too :) Looks great!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

my comment is getting boring...but this is really the first word that comes to my mind when i see your post...GORGEOUS!!!!!

kev...will u post ur dining out experiences as well? (why am i giving you more things to do?)

sorry couldnt help but wonder...

tigerfish said...

I usually go for marinara or arrabiata. Puttanesca is actually quite new to me!

Grace said...

i love it when the leftovers are even better than the original. this is a great dish, kevin!

Jan said...

You've done it again! Looks delish!!

Kate / Kajal said...

Ive always heard puttanesca sauce , but never really knew the recipe.
This looks really easy to make and delicious too.

nicisme said...

That is one of my most favourite pasta dishes Kevin. Nice photos!

Kevin said...

Yes the pasta is whole wheat. I find that I rather like whole wheat pasta and I use it fairly often, though I think that the plain pasta looks better in photos...

Medena said...

I love pasta anything! Love the way it looks! I can smell it...mhmmm...

Astra Libris said...

Your puttanesca sauce is gorgeous! I love the beautiful texture of the big chunks of olives! Thank you for the wonderful idea of serving it over tilapia, too... I think your creation will become a staple in our house!

Astra Libris said...

P.S. Three cheers for the whole wheat pasta!!

Peter M said...

Kevin, if you like anchovies alot, you can buy these jars of them, packed in oil and they last a long time.

You'll never run of out of anchovies and you can make this lovely pasta is minutes!

Bellini Valli said...

I LOVE puttanesca sauce Kevin. Your very right that the anchovies just blend in and add their bit of undefinable saltiness to the dish:D If you leave them out of Caesar dressing there is just something you can't quite put your finger on missing:D

giz said...

If someone would have told you two years ago that you'd be making a sauce with a name that one can hardly pronounce that had anchovies in it I'll bet they would have got a serious stink face. Look how far you've come.

Elle said...

I'm a firm believer in the power of anchovies. They add that certain something to so many things, and they've gotten a bad rap.

Both dishes look so inviting and make me want to dig right in.

Sylvie said...

I've heard of puttanesca a lot before, but have never tried it. I'm not that big on capers though, so maybe it isn't for me. I definitely does look delicious though.

RecipeGirl said...

I'm a little afraid of anchovies too. I've used the paste, but not the real little critters!

This looks like a great pasta!

diva said...

that looks well good! reckon u shd open an online take away store and send dinners to me. jokes.

Ruth Daniels said...

Puttanesca is truly one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this version with Presto Pasta Nights. It looks awesome on the tilapia too.

Pam said...

Love your recipes...I'll be trying this - it looks wonderful!

Pam

cook eat FRET said...

i love ww pasta too
and anchovies make most things better

beautiful dinner

Deborah said...

You are really going all out with the anchovies! This looks fantastic - it's something I've always wanted to make.

We Are Never Full said...

Ahhh, puttanesca... the sauce of the whores/ladies of the night (what it loosely translates to). this sauce is also excellent with tuna steaks.

Chef Erik said...

Did you use whole wheat pasta? The dish looks great.

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Hey kevin... that spaghetti looksss yummm...:)

Thanx for ur comments on my blog..

Pam said...

Puttanesca on fish - brilliant!

Cooking and the City said...

Looks & sounds delicious as usual, Kevin :-)

chocolate shavings said...

Great photo, I love puttanesca sauce - and it's true, tomato sauces tend to get better when the flavors get a chance to mingle for a while.

So Simple said...

Kevin
Like all of your other viewers Puttanesca is a favourite of mine.
It's a pantry dish which has to be a big plus.
Hey talking about anchovies have you tried the Portugueser Ortiz anchovies...they really are the Queen of Anhcovies. I just eat them straight from the tin More expensive than others but worth it
Cheers

Daziano said...

Hi, Kevin! You did spaghetti alla puttanesca!!! It's SO good!!! I LOVE yours, and the photo is incredibly beautiful!!!

gilda said...

Puttanesca is one of my favorite sauces. Tilapia sounds perfect with it!

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