Easy Pasta Puttanesca

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog or have known me for more than, like, 5 minutes, you know that I’m a lover of pasta.

JB + Pasta = 4ever

And you may or may not know that I snagged my husband by making spaghetti puttanesca for him.  Okay.  It may not have been the puttanesca.  But I like to think it was.

I love puttanesca sauce – so tangy, briny, spicy and rich.  I’ve held back from making it in large batches because I know I’m the only person in my house who would truly enjoy it – Rob would just pick out the olives and I’m sure his Dad wouldn’t even touch it.  What’s the point?

Well Anthony Bourdain, in his infinite wisdom, showed me the light during a recent episode of his show.  Puttanesca doesn’t have to be slow-cooked for hours like I cook my other sauces.  Oh nay, nay.  It can easily be made in smaller batches as a quick sauce.

DUH.  I’ve been making quick sauces for years! Why didn’t I think of that?

Don’t know how to pit olives without one of those olive pitting gadgets? Easy.  Work out your aggressions on them – put a wide knife on top and give it a solid whack, just like you would a clove of garlic prior to peeling.  The pit should then be easy to pull out.

Now, there’s something we need to discuss.  Namely the usage of anchovies.

Wait! Come back! Hear me out!

Don’t be scared.  The anchovies cook down in olive oil until they are nothing more than a paste.

See? I'm not lying!

Why are the anchovies necessary? Because they add such richness, such depth to the sauce.  Just trust that when I took my first taste, my eyes closed in blissful ecstasy.

I’m serious.  Blissful ecstasy, people.  Anchovies took me there.  So don’t turn your nose up at them until you give ’em a shot.

Remember to cook them low and slow, or else you’ll wind up with crunchy bits.  Don’t ask me how I know this from experience.  Just trust me.

Otherwise, the entire sauce comes together in the time it takes the pasta to cook.

And then it’s time for bliss, people.  Serious bliss.  Anchovies and all.

 

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31 Comments

Suddenly, I’m STARVING–and I’m reading this just after breakfast.

I’ll bear witness to the defense of the anchovy. I wouldn’t eat one of those suckers whole on a bet, but they do add a great flavor to food. The delicious flavor in real Caesar dressing comes from anchovies after all–Worcester sauce too.

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Mrs. Jen B

Really? I didn’t know about the Worcester sauce. You’ve taught me something today!

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JDaniel4's Mom

I like to make my favorite dishes even if my guys don’t enjoy them from time to time.

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Mrs. Jen B

Oh believe me, I do to – just not in bulk. That’s why this was perfect for me! If I limited myself to only what the other two would eat…it wouldn’t be pretty, let’s just leave it at that. 😉

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Hmmmm, I’m there! Looks and sounds delish…anchovies included. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

Pat

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I have never ever tasted this recipe in any shape or form ( but then Im from Samoa so i have a good excuse) But those photos and your description of the cooking process have got me sold. I have copied the recipe and am going to be daring ( stupid) and try this one at home. without supervision. I will let you knw how it turns out. ( if i really mess up i may b too embarassed to report back though…and if its a dream come true then i will probably brag about it on my blog LOL) Thank you.

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What a GREAT recipe! I’d like to invite you over to Lady Behind The Curtain for my link party “Cast Party Wednesday” to share this and more of your recipes.
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!

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What a fabulous pasta dish! Very few people know the yumminess of puttanesca sauce! I’d Love to have you join in my weekend foodie blog hop where 8 blogs are featured each week! Hope you can stop by and join in! Now your newest follower and hope you can follow back if you like!

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Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!

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This looks and sounds so DELISH! And so professional/gourmet/elegant/impressive!!! Wow! I want to eat this right NOW! No, I mean it! Right…N-O-W. LOL Dang. It’s too bad that I don’t have all of the ingredients to make this. :O I am so BUMMED! 🙁 Thank you for sharing though. Wow. So cool. So seriously cool. I can’t believe I sound so excited about a pasta, but I am! LOL I can’t help it. You really know how to sell it. 🙂 Thank you again. Your food photography is gorgeous! That really helps. Be encouraged and God bless you. 🙂

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