Sauce alla Puttanesca

Sauce Alla Puttanesca Recipe

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Cindy McLaughlin


Contributed by: Linda Neal

This is a 'true" Italian sauce, given to be many years ago by my 'boss' John DeCarlucci - I think he got it form his grandmother. Very easy to make and you'd think that you'd simmered it all day long...

This recipe works well for Lent. Seve over pasta of your choice. Also tastes great over fish served with rice.

Otherwise, you can add ground beef to the first step (heat oil, add garlic - add ground beef & brown; drain fat from skillet); continue with next steps. Serve over pasta of your choice, with crusty, Italian bread.


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4 to 6
10 Min
20 Min


  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 4 c
    fresh (ripe) italian plum tomatoes (preferred), chopped or 1 (28 oz) can italian plum tomatoes, coarsley chopped (reserve and use the juice)
  • 1/2 c
    chopped, pitted salt-cured black olives
  • 2 tsp
    small capers, rinsed
  • 1 tsp
    crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1 can(s)
    (2 oz) flat anchovies, drained, blotted dry, cut into small pieces
  • ·
    fresh gound pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp
    italien flat-leaf parsley, chopped

How to Make Sauce alla Puttanesca


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet, add the garlic and sauté over low heat for about 1 minute; do not brown.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and their juice, olives, capers, red pepper, oregano and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in anchovies and parsley. Simmer for 2 minutes and add salt to taste.

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About Sauce alla Puttanesca

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian

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