Italian Puttanesca Sauce

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

I am all over this spicy italian pasta sauce.

Just can’t get enough of it.

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers
Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

My Indian soul just warms up with every forkful of the spaghetti in this Spicy Deep Red sauce with flecks of capers and olives which give it a unique sourness, the chilli flakes which tickle the pallete  and the fresh herbs which give it a hearty character.

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers
Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

But First,Let’s talk about the dragon in the recipe,thorn on your potential side, the one ingredient which might make you pass the recipe.The Anchovies.Yes its a fish.Yes it stinks.Yes its unsightly but this in small quantity gives this sauce a depth it would otherwise lack.

If you are vegetarian or Vegan then by all means skip this fish.But if you eat fish then I suggest you try and get your hands on this small little beast of flavour and use it in this sauce.

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers
Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

I have used about 10 normal sized tomatos you get in India.These can either be grated whole or you can make small X on the bottom of the tomatoes and drop them(gently) in a pot of boiling water.Simmer for 2-5 minutes.Cool them and remove the skin and then grate or alternatively blend them roughly.

It’s a light chunky sauce quite different from the cherry tomato and the roasted tomato pepper sauce I have shared with you guys in the past.This one is lighter but carries a punch better yet punch of punches!

Italian Puttanesca Sauce

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Serves: 500 ml

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Grated Tomatos
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Black Olives
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Capers
  • 4-5 Large Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 Anchovie Fillet-chopped.
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Pinch Black Pepper
  • Handfull Fresh herbs-Basil and Thyme
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a a pan.
  2. Add chopped Garlic,capers,olives,anchovies,dried parsley. Saute well.
  3. Just before adding the tomatoes add the chilli flakes.
  4. Next Add in the grated tomatoes.Cook for 2-4 minutes.
  5. Once the tomatoes are cooked and the sauce has thickened add the fresh herbs.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.

 

I have also made a video of this sauce.Hope it helps you.

 

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