Quick and Easy Pasta Puttanesca

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This pasta puttanesca is so quick to put together and it’s packed with flavour. This recipe is guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family and it makes great leftovers too!

It’s been too long since I shared an easy pasta recipe!

White bowl of pasta puttanesca with a striped cloth

Overhead shot of spaghetti puttanesca with a gold fork on a marble background

This recipe is such a comforting and tasty meal! Puttanesca is a classic Italian dish which includes loads of flavourful ingredients like anchovies, capers, olives and tuna. These all come together for a filling and delicious dish.

I know some people are a little weird about anchovies and honestly I wasn’t convinced either but they melt into the tomato sauce and give it all that salty goodness without the fishiness you might be concerned about.

The tomato sauce is flavoured with dried oregano and a pinch of chilli flakes for a little bit of a hit of spice. This is such a brilliant store cupboard recipe packed with ingredients you can keep on hand at all times so you can always throw together a delicious bowl of pasta.

Puttanesca in a white bowl with a striped cloth

Bowls of pasta on a marble surface with a striped cloth

Why we love this pasta puttanesca…

It’s such an easy recipe that you can make at the end of a long work day with just a handful of ingredients and a few pans and utensils.

This is a great store cupboard recipe made with a few tins and jars of delicious ingredients which are great to keep on hand for a whole bunch of recipes including this one.

It’s such a quick recipe to make which makes it perfect for a weeknight. The whole thing comes together in about 15 minutes so you can have dinner together in no time!

Flat lay shot of tuna tomato pasta with olive

Close up of pasta puttanesca in a white bowl

Spaghetti Puttanesca Ingredients

Pasta: I used linguini but spaghetti or any other long pasta would work perfectly.

Anchovies: I know lots of people are weird about anchovies but these completely melt into the sauce and just add an amazing saltiness to it.

Chopped Tomatoes: Use your favourite brand.

Capers & Olives: For that briney, salty, tangy goodness.

Herbs and Spices: I add dried thyme to the sauce along with a big pinch of chilli flakes. Adjust how much chilli you use depending on how hot you like it or leave it out all together.

Tuna: Drained and flaked into the pasta just before serving.

 

Spaghetti puttanesca flat lay with a gold fork on a striped cloth

Close up of linguini puttanesca with olives in a white bowl

How to make pasta alla puttanesca

Cook the pasta: Cook the pasta according to packet instructions reserving a mugful of pasta water before draining.

Start the sauce: Heat the olive oil then add the anchovies and tomato puree and fry gently until the anchovies are beginning to break down then add the chopped tomatoes.

Finish the dish: Simmer the sauce for a couple of minutes then add the olives, capers, oregano and chilli flakes and simmer until beginning to thicken. Add the pasta and 100ml of the pasta water to the sauce and toss everything together. Flake in the tuna and toss again.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

 

Overhead shot of puttanesca pasta in white bowls

Bowl of tomato pasta with a gold fork on a striped cloth

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Spaghetti puttanesca flat lay with a gold fork on a striped cloth

Quick and Easy Pasta Puttanesca

This pasta puttanesca is so quick to put together and it's packed with flavour. This recipe is guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family and it makes great leftovers too!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 500 g Linguini or other long pasta
  • 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 6 Oil Packed Anchovy Fillets
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 50 g Capers drained
  • 75 g Pitted Black Olives halved
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes
  • 1 170g tin Tuna drained

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Keep a mugful of pasta water before draining.
  • While the pasta cooks heat the olive oil over a medium heat and add the anchovies and tomato puree, cook for a couple of minutes until the anchovies start to break down then add the chopped tomatoes. Simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the olives, capers, oregano and chilli flakes. Simmer until thickened then add the pasta and 100ml pasta water to pan. Cook over medium heat until sauce is thickened then flakes in the tuna and toss.
Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Pasta Puttanesca
Amount Per Serving
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 743mg31%
Potassium 395mg11%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 168IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Emese
    08/06/2020 at 9:28 PM

    5 stars
    It smells like Italy from afar. This recipe has everything I love and have in my pantry. So I will make it quickly now! Thanks.

  • Reply
    Sandhya's Kitchen
    08/06/2020 at 9:41 PM

    5 stars
    Pasta Putanesca is one of favourites on the restaurant menu. This looks so good!

  • Reply
    Alina | Cooking Journey Blog
    08/06/2020 at 9:45 PM

    This is perfect for dinner! I love the combo of anchovy and olives with pasta.

  • Reply
    Mahy
    08/06/2020 at 9:47 PM

    5 stars
    I can never get tired of two things: pasta recipe and Italian recipe. this combines them both – very excited to give it a try!

  • Reply
    Abigail Raines
    08/06/2020 at 10:34 PM

    5 stars
    The piquant flavors of this tasty pasta dish make me want to have second or third servings! Perfect for any weeknight meal!

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