Italian Main course Mediterranean Pasta

Pasta alla Puttanesca


Cooking time
30 mins


500g pasta
4 tbsp olive oil
400g (1 tin) chopped tomatoes
1 red chilli, finely chopped (or pinch of chilli flakes)
8 anchovy fillets, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
25g butter (optional)
100g pitted black olives, sliced
2 tbsp capers, rinsed
4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Cook pasta until al dente.  Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a pan, add tomatoes. Bring to boil and cook for 4-6 mins, stirring and crushing until slightly reduced.
In another pan, gently fry the chilli, anchovies and garlic in the remaining oil and butter (if using) for 1-2 mins, mashing the anchovies.
Add the tomatoes, olives and capers to the chilli, anchovies and garlic. Cook for 2-3 mins, stirring.
Drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Add the parsley, season and stir well to mix.

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