salt, if desired
( See Notes below)
extra virgin olive oil
garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans
diced tomatoes, drained
( I used No Salt Added)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon
( medium shells pasta)
black olives, oil-cured, pitted, halved lengthwise
capers, rinsed well
anchovy fillets, drained, chopped
( I used all 12 in the flat can)
red pepper flakes
( See Notes)
- Heat 6 quarts of water to boiling. Add salt to water, if desired.
- In the meantime, in a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being very careful not to overcook it.
- Add tomatoes, oregano, basil, thyme, and salt (if desired). Simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens somewhat.
- Once water is boiling, add conchiglie and cook until "al dente" or according to package directions, draining well (See Notes).
- Add olives, capers, and anchovies to sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in red pepper flakes.
- If serving immediately, add drained conchiglie to sauce, toss until pasta is well coated, and serve.
- NOTES: I omitted the added salt because the olives, anchovies, and rinsed capers made it plenty salty! For a spicier flavor, either increase red pepper flakes or add to sauce with olives, capers, and anchovies as cooking longer will increase the heat.
- If you want to serve the puttanesca later, allow it to cool. Rinse and drain the pasta well. Then, add the puttanesca and pasta to the Crock-Pot. Mine stayed moist and warm for the 2 hours I warmed it.