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Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca Recipe. How to Make this Piquant Southern Italian Pasta. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Spaghetti alla Puttanesca Recipe

This recipe for spaghetti alla puttanesca is one that I’ve been making for over 20 years. The puttanesca sauce is salty and spicy, balanced by the sweetness of the tomatoes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 1474kcal
Author: Terence Carter


  • 250 g spaghetti
  • 200 g tinned tomatoes
  • 2-4 anchovy fillets
  • 60 g black olives sliced (Gaeta olives preferrably)
  • 20 g capers
  • 40 ml olive oil
  • 30 g minced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic sliced finely
  • 1 tsp chilli powder to personal heat perference
  • ½ cup basil leaves torn


  • Sauté the onions in the olive oil. When translucent, add the garlic.
  • Add the anchovies, mush them with a fork and sweat until the anchovies dissolve into the sauce.
  • Add the tomatoes and chilli and reduce to a thick sauce.
  • When reduced to a thick sauce add the olives and the capers.
  • Make your pasta! Preferably spaghetti.


Calories: 1474kcal | Carbohydrates: 210g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1822mg | Potassium: 1275mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 2100IU | Vitamin C: 24.6mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 7.8mg