• 13 Ratings

This traditional puttanesca recipe from chef Mario Batali's "Molto Gusto" cookbook is made with easy-to-find ingredients. Also try:Broccoli Rabe with Mozzarella Crema, Linguini with Clams, and Spaghetti con la SardePhoto credit: Quentin Bacon



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  • Rinse capers and soak overnight, changing water frequently.

  • Place Pomi tomatoes in a medium saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced by half; set aside.

  • Place anchovies in a small bowl and set it in the sink under a stream of cold running water for 20 minutes. Drain anchovies, pat dry, and coarsely chop.

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add 3 tablespoons salt; return to a boil.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil, onion, garlic, and anchovies in another large pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until onion is lightly browned and anchovies have broken down, about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook, according to package directions, until just al dente. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta water.

  • Add pasta and reserved pasta water to tomato mixture; stir and toss over medium heat until pasta is well coated. Stir in capers, olives, and parsley; serve immediately with grated cheese on the side.


13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0