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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca
Will Budiaman

Pasta Puttanesca

I can already hear the naysayers asking, "Why isn't your sauce red?" Despite being aesthetically challenged, this pasta dish is delicious, I assure you. I used some particularly ripe black olives that ended up giving the sauce a deep, rich flavor and also gave it a forebodingly inky color that, admittedly, gave me a bit of pause at first.

However, one bite and I was sold — the sauce coated the pasta perfectly and had a nice balance of flavors. Briny capers, tangy fresh tomatoes, herbaceous parsley, and a slight bitter finish from the olives — perfection. Your sauce will be redder than mine, though, if you're using different (or less ripe) olives. I used Gaeta, a popular table olive in Spain. Feel free to get creative.

Oh, one more thing: I'd go easy on the salt because there's plenty already from the capers and olives.

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Ingredients

  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 Pound linguine
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of red chile pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 4 large tomatoes, cored and chopped roughly
  • 1/4 Cup capers
  • 1/2 Cup chopped, pitted black olives
  • 1 Cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the linguine and cook for half the recommended amount of time in the package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepot, cook the anchovies in the oil over medium heat until dissolved. Place the tomatoes in the bowl of a food processor and process until fairly smooth.

Add the red chile pepper flakes and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the capers, olives, and tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. (The sauce will be thin but flavorful.) Add the parsley and pasta and heat through. Serve garnished with parsley.

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving535
Total Fat11g16%
Sugar7gN/A
Saturated2g8%
Cholesterol2mg1%
Protein17g34%
Carbs93g31%
Vitamin A68µg8%
Vitamin B60.3mg16%
Vitamin C22mg37%
Vitamin E2mg12%
Vitamin K19µg23%
Calcium64mg6%
Fiber6g25%
Folate (food)45µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)45µg11%
Iron3mg15%
Magnesium82mg20%
Monounsaturated6gN/A
Niacin (B3)3mg17%
Phosphorus261mg37%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium642mg18%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg6.9%
Sodium698mg29%
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg11.1%
Zinc2mg13%