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Slutty Spaghetti aka Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Spicy Spaghetti in a sauce of tomato, anchovy and olives.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time5 hrs 2 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2


  • 300 g spaghetti
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 6 anchovy fillets finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 cup tomato passata
  • 1 cup black olives halved
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan for serving


  • Cook the pasta according to package and reserve one cup of the cooking water before draining.
  • Meanwhile heat a splash of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, chili and the anchovies and fry them for 3-4 minutes, until the anchovies have almost melted into the oil.
  • Add the tomato passata and let it cook until the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the olives, capers and cherry tomatoes. Mix well.
  • Now adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed (the sauce will already be quite salty due to the anchovies).
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix well. Add some of the pasta cooking water, if the spaghetti are too dry for your taste.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve immediately with parmesan.