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Spaghetti alla puttanesca easy recipe

A savory and delicious Italian dish, spaghetti alla puttanesca gathers up many household ingredients to make a nice Italian pasta. All these ingredients come together in a way that is characteristically and traditionally Italian and spaghetti alla puttanesca comes to be.

  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 4 
  • Cook: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty level: easy 


  • 320 g spaghetti
  • 800 g peeled tomatoes
  • 10 g capers in salt 
  • chopped parsley
  • 25 g Anchovies in oil
  • 100 g olives
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 dried chili
  • 30 g extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions – making Spaghetti alla puttanesca

First rinse the capers under running water to remove excess salt, dry them, and place them on a cutting board to chop them roughly with a knife. 

Take the pitted olives and crush them with the blade of the knife. Wash, the parsley, and chop it. 

Put a pan full of water on the fire and bring to a boil (salt when it boils); it will serve for cooking pasta. Meanwhile, in a large pan, pour the oil, the peeled garlic cloves, and leave them whole, and the chopped dry chili.

Add the anchovy fillets, and the desalted capers. Brown over medium heat for 5 minutes stirring often, so the anchovies will melt and release all the aromas.

After this time, pour the lightly crushed peeled tomatoes, mix with a spoon and cook for another 10 minutes on medium heat. Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti al dente. 

When the sauce is ready, remove the garlic cloves and add the crushed olives. Flavor the sauce with the chopped fresh parsley.

In the meantime, the pasta will also come to a boil, drain it directly in a pan, and sauté it for half a minute, just enough time to mix all the flavors. Serve the puttanesca spaghetti hot.


When the tomatoes are in season you can make a good fresh sauce with them, as they will have a nice sweet taste. It will offer a certain crunch if you don’t cook them too much.

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