The Super-Italian Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

The spaghetti puttanesca recipe is one of the most classical Italian pasta recipes. It is also very easy and quick to prepare, what makes it an ideal solution for Summer and hot days when you don’t want to stay long in the kitchen.

It is a recipe that you prepare while the water for the spaghetti boils. I prepared it today with fresh tomatoes because I had them at home, otherwise you can use peeled canned tomatoes and have an excellent result the same.

The puttanesca recipe seems to have its origins around 1950-1960, but there are no official recognition for its creator. It is indeed a Southern dish, easily seen by its ingredients, all typical from the Southern Italy’s cuisine.

“Alla Puttanesca” literally means whore’s style spaghetti, and I couldn’t find a reason for this name.

It is a spicy dish because of its tasty ingredients: garlic, anchovies and capers. It is most prepared using spaghetti, but it matches well with penne and other pasta shapes.

puttanesca recipe

puttanesca recipe

puttanesca recipe

puttanesca recipe

The Super-Italian Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

A classical Italian pasta recipe with anchovies and capers


High cal Calories 560kcal

High fat Total Fat 18g

Low sat-fat Saturated Fat 3g

chol Cholesterol 4mg

sodium Sodium 385mg

High carbs Total Carbohydrate 84g

Serving size 341g Calories from fat 160kcal Fiber 6g Protein 17g Sugar 8g
4 servings


  • 400 gr of spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup of black olives
  • 2 cans (14 ounce each) of peeled tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of capers
  • parsley


  1. Put the extra virgin olive oil into a pan and turn on the gas.
  2. Add the anchovies and minced garlic.
  3. Stir it and let it cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add the olives, tomatoes and capers.
  5. Add salt to taste, considering most ingredients are salty.
  6. Let it cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Strain the pasta through a colander and dress with this sauce.
  8. Add minced parsley and serve.


  • Buon appetito!

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