Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Spaghetti Puttanesca

This spaghetti is simple to make and very delicious. Originally known in Italian as 'whore's style spaghetti'. The combination of olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and chilli flakes in this dish give it rich intense flavours- salty and fiery at the same time. It is my favourite tomato-based pasta.

800 g chopped tomato (in 2 cans)
12 anchovy fillets (the ones that come packed in oil)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbs capers
8 black olives sliced in half or quarters
sprinkle of pepperoncino (Italian chilli powder)- optional (I happened to have a bottle I bought from Italy)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat olive oil in pot and fry garlic until softened and fragrant.
2. Add anchovy fillets and cook until the fillets break up slightly.
3. Add chopped tomato and cook until sauce-like. Add chilli flakes.
4. Add capers and black olives and season with pepperoncino, salt and pepper.
5. Serve with spaghetti. You can garnish with basil leaves or Italian parsley.

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