Spaghetti & Puttanesca Sauce

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Maine-iac

A delicious quick Italian red sauce with black olives and capers. A must in your recipe folder.

Top Review by SharleneW

Excellent sauce and easy to make. I love my puttanesca sauce a bit more spicy, So I increased red pepper flakes, add a few dashes of red pepper sauce (Tabasco) and about 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. I also felt it needed to simmer more than twice to time to get to right thickness. In the last few minutes, I tossed in 4-5 large shrimp per person. This is a keeper Maine-iac!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, stir, 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, capers, olives, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, and black pepper, return to low heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper if needed.
  5. Reduce the heat to very low, simmer another 15 minutes.
  6. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling water until al dente; drain.
  7. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce, sprinkle on the fresh parsley, Parmesan cheese, and serve.

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