• Cooking Time: 25
  • Servings: 2
  • Preparation Time:


An intense classic Italian sauce that is a haiku of huge favors in tension with each other. Puttanesca is reputed to mean "prostitute's sauce" (quick, hot and spicy?).

--From litl employee Phil


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 large clove finely chopped garlic
  • Say 3 tspns chili powder or to taste (how hot can you take it?)
  • Large handful of washed fresh basil leaves, chopped.
  • About one third as much chopped fresh parsley.
  • 1 can good quality Roma tomatoes.
  • ~ 1/3 small tin of flat anchovies, chopped.
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese. (optional)
  • ~ 15 sliced seeded olives. Bottled green olives stuffed with pimento are ok.
  • Hard durum wheat pasta.


  • Gently fry the garlic in the olive oil only until just clear - do not brown.
  • Add tomatoes, basil, most of the parsley, chili powder, anchovies and olives.
  • Mix well. Crush the tomatoes with a spatula while cooking.
  • Allow sauce to reduce and simmer for at least 15 mins, longer to deepen the flavor.
  • Add water to prevent drying out if needed.
  • Adding salt is unlikely to be necessary (anchovies are salty enough).
  • Best prepared ahead of time and allowed to develop.
  • Serve over spaghetti or other pasta that has been cooked al dente in well-salted water.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and the remainder of the fresh parsley before serving.

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