Sunday, May 13, 2007

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

This dish is said to have orginated with the streetwalkers in ancient Naples, when they neede a quick hot meal. That is why it is called puttanesca. The name puttanesca is a derivation of puttana, which in Italian means "whore." According to one story, the name purportedly comes from the fact that the intense fragrance of this sauce was like a siren's call to the men who visited such "ladies of pleasure." I don't know how true this story is, but it sure makes a great conversation starter!

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

  • 1 lb.linguini (or spaghetti or buccatini)
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. anchovy paste
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups (two 14.5-oz. cans) canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 Tbsp. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. brined capers, drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Saute the garlic, anchovy paste, and pepper flakes in a saute pan over medium heat. Stir, cooking for 30 seconds—it will smell strong because of the anchovies.

Add tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, brown sugar, and vinegar; stir to combine. Simmer sauce until slightly reduced, 10–15 minutes. Add the olives, herbs, capers, and salt (if necessary) to the sauce, plus some pasta cooking water if it seems thick. Simmer a couple of more minutes.Transfer the sauce to a large shallow bowl and top with the drained pasta. Toss until pasta is evenly coated with sauce. Serve and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top...don't forget to serve it with garlic bread.


Tania Mohammad said...

hey Armida

Not sure you remember me, from mybytes, tania....friend of kerry, heather, etc...

Your blog LOOKS amazing...i am salivating at work right acidic did this turn out? Hubby got terrible heart burn...


anothermarkus said...

Nice recipe!

I modified it a little bit, a bit less balsamic vinegar, and a bit less oregano, and topped it with a few seared garlic prawns!

So delicious, no heartburn at all.

I thank you so much for posting this recipe!