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 of Bittersweet.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 10 to 12 ounces pasta, any long variety of your choice
    (spaghetti, linguine, angel hair, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup pitted brine-cured olives, chopped
    (use a combination of black and green)
  • 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, diced
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup dry white or red wine, or water
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente,then drain.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and sauté until over low heat until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. 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.

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: 294.5 calories; 5.1g fat; 358.4mg sodium; 201.9mg potassium; 53.3g carbs; 4.4g fiber; 5g sugar; 9.2g protein


3 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.

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