Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is an absolutely delicious classic Italian dish made with tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, garlic, and chili flakes. Its name translates as "Pasta in the way a whore would make it". The reason for the dish having such a name is debated. Some say it refers to the spicy, pungent aroma produced by its ingredients that enticed passing customers; others claim realistically that this out-of-the-larder dish was the quickest meal prostitutes could prepare between customers. Today people cook it because it has a remarkable flavor, is quick and easy to prepare, and is made of ingredients easily kept on hand. Assuming you have the staples on hand, including brine-cured black olives, anchovies, and capers, this colorful and spicy dish can be put together in less than an hour.
Place oil, onion, and garlic in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Saute for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent but not brown. Stir in anchovies and saute until anchovies have dissolved into the oil.
Raise heat to high, add wine and bring to a boil. Stir in tomatoes, olives, capers, and, if using, red pepper flakes, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, and simmer for 10 minutes more.
Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a large, deep pot in rapidly boiling salted water until al dente.
Just before serving, stir basil and oregano into the sauce.
Drain spaghetti. Return drained spaghetti to pot. Over medium-high heat, stir in about 1/2 cup sauce. Using a wooden spoon, toss together for 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour into a large warmed serving platter or bowl. Spoon remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Makes 4 servings as a main course, or 6 servings as a pasta course.
This dish is also great when served with penne or fusilli.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2437g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 165 (12%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 18.4g||24 %|
|Saturated Fat 3.2g||16 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 10.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.7g|
|Cholesterol 6.3mg||2 %|
|Sodium 583.5mg||20 %|
|Potassium 3722.3mg||98 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 286g||84 %|
|Dietary Fiber 41.7g||167 %|
|Sugars, other 244.3g|
|Protein 41.6g||59 %|
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Calories per serving: 1419
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