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)
- 10 to 12 ounces pasta any long variety of your choice (spaghetti, linguine, angel hair, etc.)
- 1 ½ 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
- 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.
Per Serving: 295 calories; 5.1g fat; 358.4mg sodium; 53.3g carbs; 4.4g fiber; 9.2g protein