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    Penne Alla Puttanesca

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    1 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs

    HeatherFeather's Note:

    A terrific pasta sauce recipe from Come Dine with Me, guest & winner John's grandmother's recipe. On the show he only used 1 chili, although he said he normally uses 2. I used 2 bird chilies and personally could even go hotter, so adjust the heat according to your tastes. I seasoned several times while making this.. you have to be careful not to add too much to start as the capers and anchovies already add some salt to the dish.

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    To serve


    1. 1
      Over medium-low heat, saute the onions, garlic, and chilli in a couple of Tbsp of olive oil until soft, about 10-15 min, stirring occasionally.
    2. 2
      Add the parsley and season well.
    3. 3
      Pour in the canned tomatoes, stirring the mixture well, then stir in the olives, capers, anchovies, a small amount of sugar (to reduce acidity), some more seasoning to taste, and a drizzle of olive oil(optional, I didn't add any extra oil).
    4. 4
      Let simmer over low heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 45 min to a an hour, until thick and reduced and the color has darkened to a reddish-brown.
    5. 5
      Test for flavors and adjust seasoning, adding more salt & pepper and/or another pinch of sugar as needed.
    6. 6
      Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package, drain(reserving some of the liquid) and then return to the pan.
    7. 7
      Ladle in a few helpings of the sauce at a time, stopping to stir the mixture, until all of the pasta has been generously coated, serving the rest on the side.
    8. 8
      This sauce is very thick, which we loved, but adding a bit of the pasta cooking liquid will thin it if you prefer a bit looser sauce.
    9. 9
      Serve immediately.

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    Nutritional Facts for Penne Alla Puttanesca

    Serving Size: 1 (432 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 384.1
    Calories from Fat 44
    Total Fat 4.9 g
    Saturated Fat 0.8 g
    Cholesterol 7.0 mg
    Sodium 686.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 78.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 13.3 g
    Sugars 9.1 g
    Protein 11.7 g

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