Pasta Puttanesca

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Total Time
15 mins
15 mins

The name of this dish is -politely put- "Lady of the Evening's Pasta". One of my Chef instructors in culinary school had us cook this dish in class and had great fun telling us what the name meant. Now the phraseology is hilarious- but the dish is OH!, so tasty. And it's fast too.

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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil, garlic, anchovies, and crushed pepper.
  2. Saute until the anchovies dissolve into the oil and the garlic is tender. This only takes a few minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, olives, and capers.
  4. Simmer sauce a few minutes until slightly thickened (about 6-8 min or so) and add parsley and basil.
  5. *Note* If using fresh tomatoes simmer the sauce longer at this point until tomatoes have cooked down.
  6. Taste for salt and add a bit of fresh black pepper.
  7. Toss sauce with pasta and serve.
  8. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  9. Enjoy!