Pasta Puttanesca

Italian Spaghetti with Anchovies, Tomatoes and Olives
Italian Spaghetti with Anchovies, Tomatoes and Olives
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2 tbsp Olive oil extra-virgin
4 cloves Garlic smashed
1 (2-oz) can Anchovy fillets, chopped
1 (28-oz) can Diced tomatoes
½ cup Kalamata olives pitted
¼ cup Capers
½ tsp Crushed red pepper
Kosher Salt to taste
1 lb Spaghetti
Parsley chopped, for garnish
¼ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated, for serving

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Pasta Puttanesca


This Pasta Puttanesca might just be the best pasta recipe I have yet to write. Also known as Spaghetti alla Puttanesca translated to “Spaghetti in the style of a prostitute” originating from Naples in the mid-20th century and is said to be created by prostitutes. Why? Well you will have to google that part!

But for now, enjoy this delicious pasta with garlic, anchovy fillets, Kalamata olives, capers and red pepper flakes.

To make Pasta Puttanesca, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Pasta Puttanesca

Steps to make Pasta Puttanesca


Cook garlic


In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add 4 cloves of smashed garlic. Cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.


Add anchovies


Add chopped anchovy fillets and cook for another 1 minute.


Add remaining ingredients


Add 1 can diced tomato, ½ a cup of pitted Kalamata olives, ¼ cup of capers and ½ a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.


Cook sauce


Bring sauce to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.


Cook pasta

Meanwhile, boil a large pot of salted water and add 1 lb of spaghetti. Cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain liquid.


Combine sauce and pasta


Add cooked spaghetti to the pan with sauce and toss to coat well, cook for 2 more minutes.



Sprinkle with chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese to serve.

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Nina dreams of gender equality and for women all over the world to feel empowered and enjoy the same freedom she has. She’s a careful consumer, believing that by being more conscious about the way we live we can make the world a better place! Already a vegetarian, she uses animal products sparingly and tries to produce as little waste as possible. Most of her recipes are vegan as a result!

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Total Reviews: 19
Kynlee Glatter

Tunning into this website now and have to say I'm super happy I came accross it everything on here is super delish.

Jovie Kerkemeyer

Ooomg so freaking tasty toss some mushrooms too if you want it to be even more flavorful, it blends well with the anchovy.

Whitney Oalmann

Made this with some cheesy garlic bread on the side and red wine,both me and my fiance enjoyed it.

Ayana Sadkowski

For all the fishy fans, this is amazing and you will love it so much.

Evalynn Subramani

Kids gobbled it up almost instantly really good dish ty.

Maddie Noye

Was tasty just needed a little more spices I actually doubled everything because of the lack of spices the first time around.

Nathalie Kaczkowski

This pasta puttanesca is freaking yummy I'm totally obsessed.

Destinee Saltares

My family loved this so much i had to cook for 5 so I ended up trippling the recipe lol.

Emilee Didio

My personal favorite recipe when it comes to pasta, I liked it a lot thanks so much.

Coraline Allrich

Will be making this again soon it was really delicious.

Anneliese Feigelson

It was amazing made it with bow pasta instead with a mix of penne since I didn't have normal stringy pasta.

Milani Gefre

The second time I made this I actually added some heavy cream about 1/2 of a cup, it was so creamy and the texture was perfect.

Emmie Zawaski

Decided not to add the anchovys since I'm not a huge fan of them but doubled the capers :)

Samiyah Blossman

It's pretty good though I much prefer the spaghetti bolognese, the flavor is better.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Even added some shrimp to this dish love seafood and pasta puttanesca!!

Deanna Octave

I didn't have any capers so I didn't add it but it was quite yummy with the rest of the ingredients.

Everleigh Zohn

Easiest Italian meal you can make would recommend it if you're a huge pasta fan like me.

Elianna Gehlen

Easy to make and takes barely any time, huge fan of all these amazing recipes.


I love it! So delicious!

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