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Pasta Puttanesca

(aka "Hooker's Pasta")

The delicious quick dish with a very interesting history!


12 ounces pasta (spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2-3 cloves)
1 small onion, chopped finely
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1/2 - 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (spice it up!)
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes in juice


Pasta Puttanesca is a quick and easy-to-make pasta favorite that has something of a nasty girl past.

But don't let that make you think that a Puttanesca is anything "lesser-than." In Italy, a Puttanesca sauce ranks among the most favorite and classic pasta sauces of all  --- right up there with sauces like Bolognese and Carbonara!

But yes, the word "puttana" has a meaning. in Italian, it translates to mean: whore. "Hookers Pasta" is the nickname for Pasta Puttanesca. Legend has it that Italian ladies of the night would make Pasta Puttanesca because it didn't take long to cook and they could quickly "get back to work." And that’s the truth, Ruth!

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1/2 cup pitted black olives
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of salt, and pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Parsley or fresh basil leaves to garnish


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