Putanesca Sauce by Sherry

Sherry Blizzard


Who doesn't love pizza and spicy homemade pizza sauce?

I love this sauce on a Sourdough Pizza crust, topped with a blend of 3 different mushrooms, red onion, and toasted pine nuts. Use a blend of Fontina and Mozzarella.

It takes a little time to make, but is well worth the effort.
The word "Puta" means the not nice word for a "lady of the evening"--these "ahem...ladies" could not afford meat, so they added anchovies as a source of protein.

Don't be put off by this addition, it MAKES the pizza sauce unique. Try it! You'll like it!

★★★★★ 1 vote
3-4 12" pizza crusts
15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


1 medium
onion, diced
1 clove
garlic, minced
2 Tbsp
olive oil
28 oz. can italian tomatoes in puree
2 tsp
dried oregano, crushed
2 tsp
dried basil, crushed
1/2 tsp
bay leaf
1 small
can anchovy fillets, chopped fine (yes, include the oil)
2 Tbsp
1/2 c
oil-cured black olives (pitted and chopped)
1/2 c
sun-dried tomatoes (reconstituted in a little hot water) if you can get the marinated and dried ones that is best.
spash of red wine--i used burgundy
1 tsp
crushed red chili flakes (more if you like it really spicy)
black pepper, to taste

How to Make Putanesca Sauce by Sherry


  • 1Lightly saute the onion and garlic in olive oil, just until translucent.
  • 2Add all other ingredients. Turn the heat down to simmer, stirring occasionally. Let the ingredients in this sauce really marry for about 40 minutes--you will find they complement each other quite nicely.
  • 3NOTE: If you used a can of tomatoes in juice instead of puree, you will want to add a few tablespoons of tomato paste. This is a thick and chunky sauce.
  • 4Another Note: I don't like capers or anchovies. However, this sauce is an EXCEPTION! Please try it first before you omit them.
  • 5Last Note (I promise): I think this sauce is too heavy or dense for pasta, but it also makes an excellent sauce for dipping hot garlic bread sticks, or smearing a piece of Artisan bread with a slice of good cheese on top.

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About Putanesca Sauce by Sherry

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