I love pasta and I love puttanesca. Here’s a simple puttanesca recipe you can whip up for your family.
2 tablespoons of extra virgin or pure olive oil
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. If you want it spicier, add a bit more.
1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 ounce can, big can)
2 tablespoons of capers
1/4 cup of green olives, chopped (I prefer green since it is saltier but you can use black if you wish)
1 pound of spaghetti or any long pasta
3 squares of cooked ham, chopped
Cook pasta following package directions. Make sure you salt the water well. Cook the pasta al dente.
Heat oil, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes over medium heat. When the garlic starts to sizzle, add the anchovies and some of the anchovy oil. Cook until the anchovies melt into the sauce. Add the crushed tomatoes, capers, olives and ham.
Add cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to heat through. Serve in a large platter family style. Add grated cheese if desired. Enjoy!