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    Pasta Puttanesca

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    Midwest Maven's Note:

    Spicy, yummy, quick tomato sauce you can impress somebody with, perfect for a romantic dinner. It's spicy and bold like the Italian ladies of the night, where it gets its name from:)

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    1. 1
      Cook pasta and drain.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile in a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until slightly soft.
    3. 3
      Add the drained tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes.
    4. 4
      Bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, adding reserved tomato liquid if needed.
    5. 5
      Season with salt and pepper and serve over pasta.
    6. 6
      Sprinkle with parsley and grated cheese if desired. Garlic bread and some good red wine go great with this too!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 13, 2011


      Ok guys, this is the bomb! I used green olives with pimentos because that's what I had on hand and also used fresh basil at the end instead of parsley. Also used dried parsley while cooking and a pinch of dried marjoram. Put this dish right over the top. MUST use anchovies or it's not the real deal. The flavor was divine.

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    • on June 12, 2011


      I've never tried this before but I certainly will make it again. Great flavor blend and gentle heat make this a real winner. It doesn't hurt any that it's so quick too. Have everything ready to go on the counter and the sauce is made before the pasta cooks. I used organic whole grain spaghetti. Made for the Wish You Were Here challenge of ZWT7.

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    • on January 09, 2009


      Wonderful! I made this once with anchovies and once without. It was much better without.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pasta Puttanesca

    Serving Size: 1 (565 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 536.8
    Calories from Fat 116
    Total Fat 12.9 g
    Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Cholesterol 24.1 mg
    Sodium 1315.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 83.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.8 g
    Sugars 12.8 g
    Protein 23.5 g

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