Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca
- 1 pound ripe tomatoes or peeled tomatoes (if in a hurry)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 4 anchovy fillets
- 2 ounces pitted and sliced black olives
- 1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed and chopped
- Pinch crushed red pepper
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1 handful fresh parsley, leaved picked and chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Submerge the tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tomatoes.
Peel the tomatoes and cut them open. Discard the seeds and cut the flesh into small cubes.
In a large nonstick pan heat about 3 tablespoons olive oil and saute together the garlic, anchovies, olives, capers, and red pepper flakes for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and let cook on a medium-low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti about 2 minutes less than indicated on the box, drain and add to the sauce pan on a medium high flame, toss around for a couple of minutes or less, making sure the sauce is evenly distributed on the pasta.
Add a sprinkle of finely chopped parsley and a drizzle extra-virgin olive oil.
NotesTo stop the tomatoes from over cooking and to make peeling easier, submerge the hot tomatoes in ice water; drain.
Taste the sauce before seasoning with salt, as the anchovies and the capers play a big role in flavoring the Puttanesca.