Spaghetti Puttanesca – make this classic Italian dish at home.

An authentic Italian recipe! This dish is originally from Southern Italy. It is my family’s favorite because many of the ingredients are added just before serving and it gives me the benefit to please all by keeping the black olives out of mine or the anchovies out of my daughter’s. My husband likes them all the way, served with fresh grated parmesan.
Serve this with slices of warm focaccia and a green salad. A sure success.

Spaghetti Puttanesca

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Spaghetti Puttanesca

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Spaghetti Puttanesca

You can enjoy Spaghetti Puttanesca, this is a wonderful classic Italian dish. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 337kcal


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed hot peppers (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 3 anchovy fillets chopped
  • 1 dozen snow peas cut in 1 inch sections (optional but very yummy)
  • 3 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 2 tablesppons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  • Place the oil and butter in a quart size pan. Add the chopped onion and the "pounded" garlic. Allow to cook over medium heat until translucent. Add the diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce along with the crushed hot peppers. Add the bouillon cubes and the chopped basil. 
  • Allow to cook, covered for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile prepare your chopped anchovies fillets, drain the sliced black olives, the capers and slice the snow peas. Add the snow peas and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat. Now add the capers, black olives, anchovies, stir well and serve over cooked, drained spaghetti. Top with grated Parmesan cheese. Buon Appetito!


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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