Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca, Italian Style
60 mins (prep 15, cooking 45)
13 ingredients
2-4 servings
I first was introduced to this recipe when I was reading the book, "Belong to Me", when the main character "would have sold her soul" for a plate of this. I had to do further research and hours later, found a recipe that I was happy with sharing. There are American versions of this and Italian versions of this. The Italian version has you begin by reducing the anchovies into a paste, reducing their fishy taste. It also has you cook the sauce longer, mingling the flavours and reducing the tomatoes into their own paste. Although excellent the 1st day, it is even better the second so plan ahead to make more! And please, RESIST the urge to cover this with cheese! Italians customarily do not use cheese in this dish; the cheese overwhelms the sauce and makes the anchovies more pronounced, unbalancing all the delicate flavours you just worked so hard to create.

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  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 anchovy fillets, chopped (note ( i used a 2 ounce can of reese rolled anchovies with capers added. drained the anchovy oil fr)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) whole peeled italian roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (do not drain! avoid regular tomatoes. they don't hold up well in cooking, and tend to make your sauc)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped small (or 1/2 tsp dried oregano)
  • 2 tablespoons capers (rinsed well to remove the very salty brine)
  • 8 -10 kalamata olives, pitted and julienned (purists use unpitted olives. i use pitted, as they're easier to work with. if you get the unpitted v)


Serving Size (501.57 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 591.63 Calories from Fat 540.36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60.04g 184.73%
Saturated Fat 8.3g 83.02%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 577.63mg 48.14%
Total Carbohydrate 13.75g 9.17%
Dietary Fiber 4.07 g 32.57%
Sugars 0.07 g %
Protein 5.03g 20.13%
Vitamin A 5958.14IU% Vitamin C 64.52mg%
Calcium 28.58mg% Iron 2.46mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
italian, peeled, pinch salt, fresh oregano


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