Pasta dishes

Spaghetti alla puttanesca (Slutty spaghetti)

Do you often find yourself craving a delicious plate of prostitute pasta at the end of a long working day??? 

Well you’ve come to the right place folks!!

Spaghetti alla puttanesca became popular in the 1960’s in Italy, although nobody really knows who invented it or how it got its wonderfully colourful name. Puttanesca comes from the word puttana which means whore in Italian and although ‘whore pasta’ is rather amusing, it doesn’t quite have the ring to it so I changed it to slutty spaghetti instead.

Rumour has it that the dish was invented by a desperate chef who’d ran out of ingredients,  when a disgruntled customer shouted faccia una puttanata qualisasi!!! – make any old piece of shit.  All the chef had left were a few tomatoes, capers and olives so he chucked them it with some spaghetti and voilà!! Puttanesca sauce was born.

Each city/region has there own take on puttanesca, in some places peperocino is added while other places prefer to avoid the anchovies. Don’t be afraid of the anchovies though!! They melt into the sauce and give it such an intense flavour that lifts the saltiness of the olives and capers.

So take a look at the recipe below, it’s quick, simple and tastes sooooo gooooooood. 

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 20 black olives
  • tbsp capers
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 1 peperoncino
  • half a clove of garlic


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil
  2. Chop up the olives, capers, garlic, peperoncino and anchovies
  3. Put a frying pan on medium heat and add some olive oil
  4. Add the chopped ingredients to the frying pan and stir for a few minutes (add a splash of water to stop them burning)
  5. Pour the can of tomatoes into the frying pan and turn up the heat – let it simmer for ten minutes and stir occassionally
  6. Put the spaghetti in the boiling water and boil for 6-8 minutes
  7. When the pasta is al dente, drain in a colander and keep a cupful of the pasta water
  8. Add the spaghetti to the sauce and stir – add a splash of the pasta water to loosen the sauce.
  9. When the sauce clings to spaghetti, it’s ready!


And there you have it! Spaghetti alla puttanesca!!


Work that hob and Walk unafraid people!!

-H   Xx


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