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Easy Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

Credits: Emmanuel Ojodun

This pasta recipe is not one you want to pass on! For real, we have to thank Italy for this one. It’s rich, mouth-watering, and also as fun as its name – puttanesca. Sometimes I just pronounce it when no one’s listening. 

Pasta Puttanesca is easy to make and requires ingredients you most likely have in your pantry already. Just a taste of this and you won’t be able to put your fork away! 

Puttanesca is a rich sauce made from olives, capers, anchovies, and sometimes garlic and chili pepper. While this sauce is popularly served with spaghetti, it blends just great with others in the pasta family. 

This post won’t be complete without shedding light on the actual meaning of puttanesca. Translating to English it means “of, or relating to a whore”. It is said to have originated from prostitutes who used it to lure customers because it smells so good. Great marketing I must say, lol, just kidding. 

Everyone makes pasta, but not everyone makes great pasta. This recipe is the key to making great pasta puttanesca. 

Most people make two main mistakes while making pasta puttanesca sauce. First is not using enough ingredients we mentioned above. Please remember this is not soup, it is a sauce, it is meant to be rich in favor, so be generous with the ingredients.

Second is poor storage of the puttanesca sauce. For short term consumption, store in a fridge while for long term consumption you should store in a freezer. To freeze the sauce, let it cool to room temperature and then transfer to an airtight container or simply freeze the sauce in freezer-safe bags, then lay on the baking tray until frozen before transferring to the freezer.

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