Spaghetti with puttanesca sauce

Spaghetti with puttanesca sauce


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Puttanesca is an Italian sauce that's hearty, spicy and rich in flavour. This version keeps in the traditional capers, anchovies and olives, but just uses fewer of them to keep down the level of fat.

Ariana Klepac

Serves: 4 

  • 370g spaghetti
  • 4 black olives
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large can (810g) no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
  • 2 anchovies, finely chopped, or
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley to garnish

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Cook the spaghetti in boiling water for 10–12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions. Drain and keep hot. Meanwhile, crush the olives with the side of a large knife; remove the stones and finely chop.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic until golden, 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, capers, anchovies and chilli powder. Cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens slightly, 10 minutes. Stir in the olives.
  3. Add the spaghetti to the sauce in the frying pan and toss to coat well. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve.


To maximise the flavour of olives and minimise the fat, opt for a full-bodied imported variety – a small amount delivers big taste. Look for black-purple kalamatas from Greece, wrinkled black gaetas from Italy or small black niçoise olives from France.

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This is a good recipe if you are out of whole anchovies. I suggest making the sauce while the spaghetti cooks. - 25 Sep 2016

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