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I found this recipe in an old edition of Guideposts magazine. After reading about "pasta puttanesca" in the first book of "A Series of Unfortunate Events", I had to try making it! I adjust the recipe by adding a small chopped onion, and (due to my husband's preference) far less garlic than it initially called for. I was also out of chili pepper, so I tried a few other seasonings. Due to a wheat allergy, I actually made 1/2 lb rice spaghetti and 1/2 lb regular spaghetti. It was fantastic and is now one of my top five favorite dishes.
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 (6 ounce) can black olives, slice into quarters
- 3 tablespoons capers
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon jamaican jerk seasoning
- 1 (2 ounce) can anchovies, drained
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 4 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- parmesan cheese
- Heat oil in skillet until it crackles gently when water hits it.
- Add garlic, onions, olives, capers, Jamaican jerk seasoning, cayenne powder, and anchovies; keep at medium-low for about 5 minutes, breaking up anchovies (they'll dissolve).
- Add tomatoes; raise heat to medium-high till tomatoes start a slow bubbling boil; stir ingredients.
- Lower to medium-low and stir occasionally, simmering for about 20 minutes.
- While the sauce is simmering, bring pot of water to boil; add salt and pasta; boil; reduce heat to medium-high; cook for 10-12 minutes (or until spaghetti is al dente).
- Add parsley and butter to the sauce.
- When the pasta is done, mix with the sauce.
- Divide into four portions and top with Parmesan.
- Serve with a fresh, hearty bread and a salad. For more protein, try a sauteing a chicken breast in the leftover juices in the skillet. The mild chicken would be a perfect contrast to the spicy, salty pasta.