Pasta Puttanesca (Pasta with Olive Sauce)

Puttanesca - Pasta with Olive Sauce

The simplicity of this Neopolitan recipe belies its luscious flavor. Studded with green and black olives and a generous helping of ripe tomatoes, this is a quick pasta dish that’s perfect for a summer evening. You can enjoy it any time of year, though, so long as you can use flavorful tomatoes. Serve with a green vegetable and a big salad of mixed greens tossed with chickpeas or other beans. Use good olives that come pre-pitted from your market’s olive bar. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Pasta Puttanesca (Pasta with Olive Sauce)
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4 to 6
Studded with green and black olives and a generous helping of ripe tomatoes, this is a quick pasta dish that’s perfect for a summer evening.
  • 10 to 12 ounces pasta, any long variety of your choice (spaghetti, linguine, angel hair, etc.)
  • 1½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup pitted brine-cured olives, chopped (try a combination of black and green)
  • 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, diced
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup dry white or red wine, or water
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente,then drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and sauté until over low heat until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the olives, roasted peppers, tomatoes, and wine. Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring to a rapid simmer, then remove from the heat.
  4. Combine the cooked pasta with the olive sauce in a large serving bowl. Add the parsley, season with salt and pepper, and toss together gently. Serve at once.

Nutrition Information:
Per Serving: 295 calories; 5.1g fat; 358.4mg sodium; 53.3g carbs; 4.4g fiber; 9.2g protein




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5 comments on “Pasta Puttanesca (Pasta with Olive Sauce)

  1. Beverly

    This was excellent. I used a fresh red pepper b/c I don’t like the jarred ones, prefer them a little crisp. Other than that followed the recipe exactly. Will try this in the summer when fresh tomatoes are plentiful. The grape tomatoes I used were a good sub. for them for now.

  2. Mimi

    One of our favorite pasta recipes!
    Wondering if the nutritional info is based on four servings or six. Thank you.

  3. Nava Post author

    Hi Mimi — usually the stats are based on the smaller number of servings, that is, 4 in this case; though since I didn’t do the analyses myself, I wouldn’t stake my life on this. If you want to double check, you can use the myfitnesspal analysis tool. Glad you enjoy this!

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