Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is a great sauce when you have a yen for a lot of flavor. It can be made in the time it takes to cook the spaghetti noodles. From Fine Cooking, Spring 2002.
- 4 garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 4 teaspoons minced anchovies (about 8 fillets)
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved
- 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed
- 1⁄2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped coarse (I prefer Kalamata)
- 1⁄4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
- Mix garlic with 1 tablespoon water in small bowl and set aside.
- Bring 4 quarts of water to rolling boil in large pot.
- When water is boiling, add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta; stir to separate pasta.
- Heat oil, garlic mixture, red pepper flakes and anchovies in large skillet over medium heat.
- Cook stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant but not brown.
- Stir in tomatoes and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes.
- Cook pasta until done.
- Drain and then return pasta to pot.
- Add 1/4 cup of the reserved tomato juice and toss to combine.
- (You can also add a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil if you like) Stir capers, olives and parsley into the sauce.
- Pour sauce over pasta and toss to combine, adding more tomato juice to moisten if necessary.
- Adjust seasonings to taste and serve immediately.
I am usually a fan of Puttanesca sauces, so I was very excited to try this version. I found it to be very easy to prepare and is a very hearty, thick sauce. However, I found the taste to be a bit too sour/tangy and also the heat from the red pepper was way too intense, it seemed to overwhelm the flavors - I mainly tasted heat and olive. Not a bad sauce, but this didn't go over well with my family. I am sorry -I really thought we would love this one.
this dish is one of my favorite pastas, and this is a simply delicious way to make it. i wouldn't change a thing. thanks for the recipe, it's a keeper
I left off the capers and used a spicy tomato sauce in place of the diced tomatos. I enjoyed it- it was different and really tasty over angel hair. Thanks!