Pantry Puttanesca


Puttanesca is a hearty tomato sauce with a rich texture and a spicy kick. Pair it with hot pasta, and a fresh tasting, wholesome dinner will be on the table in no time.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
16 mins
Total Time:
21 mins
4 servings


  • cup olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped, or more to taste

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained.

  • 1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti

  • ½ cup chopped pitted kalamata olives

  • ¼ cup capers, chopped


  1. Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat.

  2. As the water heats, pour the olive oil into a cold skillet and stir in the garlic. Turn heat to medium-low and cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant and begins to turn a golden color, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes, oregano, and anchovies. Cook until anchovies begin to break down, about 2 minutes.

  3. Pour tomatoes into skillet, turn heat to medium-high, and bring sauce to a simmer. Use the back of a spoon to break down tomatoes as they cook. Simmer until sauce is reduced and combined, about 10 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in the boiling water. Drain when still very firm to the bite, about 9 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.

  5. Stir the olives and capers into the sauce; add pasta and toss to combine.

  6. Toss pasta in sauce until pasta is cooked through and well coated with sauce, about 1 minute. If sauce becomes too thick, stir in some of the reserved pasta water to thin.

Cook's Note:

You can leave out the anchovies if you like, but for best flavor, leave them in! They melt right into the sauce and add authentic Italian flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

463 Calories
24g Fat
53g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 463
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 945mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 21mg 105%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 559mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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