Spaghetti With Olives and Tomato (Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

A famous Italian painter often improvised dinner parties for his friends in his small rustic house on the picturesque Ischia Island, outside Naples. Fresh and light local wine was offered together with this dish of spaghetti. It's also been dubbed that the Ladies of the Evening would prepare inbetween clients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a pan put olive oil, red pepper, and garlic and sauté briefly.
  2. Add anchovy paste to the pan before the garlic starts coloring.
  3. Stir quickly with a wooden spoon for few seconds to dissolve the anchovy paste. (Avoid burning both garlic & paste) Eventually remove the pan from the stove if you feel the temperature of the oil is too high.
  4. Add tomatoes, capers, 1 tablespoon parsley, olives, and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes.
  5. Cook pasta following manufacturer's instructions, drain, and pour in a salad bowl. Dress with the sauce and top with the rest of the chopped parsley.
  6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if preferred.
Most Helpful

OH YES! Made this as a sauce to go with KittenCal's meatballs. YUM! The capers added another dimension. Made for Mediterranean Cruise event in Cooking Photos. BTW, I love your intro description.:)

Caroline Cooks April 09, 2010

very good and very flavorful! I made it for a group before a hockey game and everyone raved. Thanks for posting!

yukon64 January 03, 2009

Excellente! I give this recipe 10 stars for taste and ease of preparing. Had with a nice salad and garlic bread and it was enjoyed by all!

Recipe Maven August 25, 2008