My family loves puttanesca.  The story goes that the ladies of the night would make this from ingredients they had in their pantries.  They avoided shopping in the markets for fresh ingredients to avoid the scowls from their customers wives.  Puttana is the Italian slang for pig(not the animals).

I used the sauce I made from my summer tomatoes.  I used about 3 quarts.  Saute' a large diced onion, 5 diced garlic cloves, salt and pepper and some red pepper flakes in a few tablespoons of olive oil.  Add 4 diced anchovies. Saute' until the anchovies disintegrate. Add 1 cup of pitted sliced kalamata olives and 4 tablespoons of capers along with a couple tablespoons of the caper juice.  Add the tomato sauce and simmer for a while until it starts to thicken.

Mix it with a pound of cooked spaghetti and top with some grated cheese.  Very easy to make and so flavorful.


Thanks, I've been thinking about making one of these sauces & this recipe sounds delicious! I'll use my crushed garden tomatoes that I canned in September!
Anonymous said…
Easy to do and still so delicious :-)

Have a great day!
A puttana is Italian for a lady of the night. Love the recipe!
Anonymous said…
this looks so good, with your own tomatoes it would be even more delicious , have a great Sunday,
Patty Woodland said…
I thought is was slang for whore too....

Looks yummy. I'm making turkey tettrazini today
Guillaume said…
I am a big, big, BIG fan of puttanesca. Thank you for this recipe, I might try it one day. I am sure that in the brothels of Napoli, some clients came for the food.
And such a great story, to go with it!!! ,-)
Ina in Alaska said…
This is one of my favorite pastas!
Isn't puttana the Italian word for whore? The equivalent French word is putain, so that's what made me think of it.
luckybunny said…
So good. I'll be trying this one night this week when we come in from hauling logs out of the bush!