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Pasta alla Puttanesca

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


3-1/2 cups

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
Want a zesty, spicy meal? Then look no further than this puttanesca. Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to get the level of spiciness you desire. Katie Theken, Durham, NC
Pasta alla Puttanesca Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted Greek olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped
  • Hot cooked pasta


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook anchovy fillets in oil for 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, water, tomato paste and seasonings.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in olives and capers; heat through. Serve with pasta.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 146 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 668mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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