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Puttanesca Sauce #Weekly Menu Plan

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Puttanesca sauce has quite a sordid past. It is reputed to be the pasta sauce of prostitutes in Naples that need to make something quick to eat before they got to work. 
Like my own Italian family history I take Italian stories with a grain of salt or a handful of basil. 

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Whatever the truth really is about the origin of this traditional Southern Italian dish made from tomatoes, olives, and anchovy...it's tasty and easy to make.

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So I say just enjoy. 
Buon Appetito

Puttanesca Sauce

by Diane Balch
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (4 to 6 servings)
  • 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • 2 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can of pitted chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil
  • 1 pound of pasta of your choice. Larger is better.


1) Bring a large sauce pan of salty water to boil for the pasta.

2) In a large skillet on medium-high heat saute the onions, red pepper flakes and garlic in the olive oil. Don't brown the garlic. Salt and pepper everything as you add it.

3) Once the vegetables are soft whisk in the anchovy paste until it dissolves.

4) Then add the olives and canned tomatoes. Stir and bring this to a boil.

5) Lower sauce to a simmer. Add the basil. Continue to stir occasionally until the sauce reduces a little, about 30 minutes. Check for salt and pepper.
The longer you can let the sauce sit the better. Serve over pasta.

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Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Armagnac Chicken 

Meatless Monday: Cacio e Pepe with a Green Salad

Tuesday: Tuna Burgers with Ginger & Cilantro (I use canned)

Wednesday: Sausage & Peppers with Roasted Potatoes

Thursday: Half-Crocked Beef Stew (frozen leftover) 

Friday: Eggplant Parmesan (Frozen leftover) with a side of pasta 

Saturday: Grilled Salmon with a spice rub, Rice, and a vegetable


  1. I like that, Diane - "...I take Italian stories with a pinch of salt or a handful of basil" - very well put ;-) Your Puttanesca sauce looks so fresh and delicious. And from your menu plan, it looks like it's going to be a delicious week at your house! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    1. Thanks April,
      I grew up with such crazy stories about my Italian family... I truly have know I idea what is truth and what is fiction. It doesn't seem to matter! Thanks for stopping by.


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