Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

By 16/08/2012

I am enjoying my Italian summer, plenty of sunshine, swimming in the sea and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and of course lots of ice-cream.

My children seem to be in heaven and they never seem tired of playing at the beach and splash in the sea!

Now I am enjoying even more Mediterranean dishes like pasta alla puttanesca: a classic dish, very popular in Rome and Naples with all the classic southern flavours. If you like Italian cooking you can't possibly miss this one.

All the ingredients are very Mediterranean: capers, olives, olive oil and anchovies. This pasta is packed with flavour and makes an ideal last minute meal. Great if you have guests as it is very tasty and simple to make.
To be enjoyed with a good glass of red whine.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



Heat 4 tbsp of olive oil in a pan; chop the onion finely, the garlic and chopped chilly and stir fry until translucent.

Chop the anchovy fillets and add them to the onion. Add the chopped olives, capers, half of the finely chopped parsley and tomato sauce.

Cook for 10 minutes.

Cook the pasta in salty water for two minutes less than it says on the packet, drain and add it to the sauce. Turn the heat on and cook for the remaining two minutes.

Serve sprinkled with parsley and Parmesan.

Pasta puttanesca

Pasta puttanesca

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24 Responses to Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

  1. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    Ciao Alida, wonderful to be able to find a moment to check posts; lovely and yummy recipe as always – should make it for my parents here in Istanbul:) Enjoy home for you too:)

  2. Gloria

    Alida love this pasta look awesome!

  3. Mummysknee

    That looks amazing, we make this but have pan fried hake on top, it's a lovely alternative

  4. Carmen Anderson

    Simple and Classic. One of the best thing about Italian cooking! Can't wait to try your recipe soon!

  5. Shobha

    Yummy as always..I love putanesca sauce.

  6. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Oh dear, how do I wish to enjoy my summer somewhere close to you… Lovely pasta, my friend! 🙂

  7. Javelin Warrior

    Another delicious dish as always, Alida! I've never cooked with anchovy before, but I'm sure I would like it in this puttanesca. Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays!

  8. Jasna Varcakovic

    Hearty summery food; I almost can feel the aromas! Enjoy your time…

  9. All That I'm Eating

    This sounds wonderful. I have heard of pasta puttanesca so many times but have never made it.

  10. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    We love this pasta in Argentina, it´s a classic in Italian restaurants. It´s been long years since I don´t have it…. Un beso,

  11. Phil in the Kitchen

    Great classic dish and wonderful for the summer. I'm really glad to see that you add a little sugar to the tomato sauce. I always do that but I was told off a while ago by an Italian gentleman who insisted that it was an insult to the tomatoes (at least I think that was what he said). I feel justified adding it now.

  12. Alida

    Yes. A tiny bit of sugar, helps taking away that "edge" or slight acidity tomatoes have. You do see it in most recipes for passata and this won't make your sauce sweet!

  13. Rosita Vargas

    Etupendo plato aromático es una delicia ,a menudo lo preparo,abrazos y abrazos.

  14. simple baking

    Great dish for Summer! Love all the flavours going on there. I also like to add a little sugar to my tomatoes in Indian cooking also.Glad to hear you are having a nice vacation. Enjoy dear!xoxoAnuja

  15. unikorna

    I adore anchovies Alida and they are probably divine with pasta :). I must say again i like the way you take your photos…you give them a rural touch :).

  16. elly

    Decisamente un piatto da gustare e tu lo hai preparato alla grande!!! So che è molto apprezzato all'estero… quando sono andata negli stati uniti a New York era molto quotato nei ristoranti italiani!! Un abbraccio e buona domenica!

  17. Angie's Recipes

    A lovely and delicious pasta! I am going to make some pasta for the lunch tomorrow.

  18. Pegasuslegend

    what a fabulously delicious Italian traditional meal just love it!

  19. Zoe

    Everything sounds so lovely and perfect in your post… The sunshine, the swimming, the ice cream and your delicious pasta. What more can you ask for? 😀

  20. Now Serving

    Give me this kind of pasta any day – looks like you are having an idyllic summer 🙂

  21. Choclette

    Sounds like you're having a lovely time – enjoy that sunshine and good food while you can 🙂 Your pasta photo makes it look even more appealing than I'm sure it is.

  22. Suchi

    This pasta looks so inviting Alida! Your summer vacation sounds like fun 🙂

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