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

Thanks to Marina for sharing this recipe.

spaghetti alla puttanesca and wood serving spoons.

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

You can enjoy classic Italian pasta puttanesca with anchovies, capers, and olives with this easy recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Puttanesca, Pasta Recipes, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 337kcal


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 3 anchovy fillets chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sliced black olives drained
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained
  • 1 dozen snow peas cut into 1-inch sections
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  • Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Place the oil and butter in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  • When the butter has melted, add the chopped onion and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Add the bouillon cubes and chopped basil. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the snow peas. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the anchovies, black olives, and capers. Stir to combine.
  • Serve over spaghetti and top with fresh chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.


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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