Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca, a southern Italian pasta sauce made with tomatoes, olive oil, anchovies, olives, capers and garlic, is typically served with spaghetti. It became popular in the 1960s and has numerous variations; the Neapolitan version is prepared wthout anchovies, which are often replaced with chile peppers. The sauce is supposed to be quite briny and fragrant, but a sprinkle of fresh parsley gives it a bit of brightness. We like to layer puttanesca sauce into cheesy lasagna, pair it with seared tuna, or toss it with penne and salmon. Whether you want a super-traditional puttanesca sauce, or a riff on the classic, our guide has a recipe for every occasion.

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Puttanesca Recipes

Puttanesca sauce is traditionally served with spaghetti, and is a southern Italian dish made with typical ingredients like toamtoes, olive oil, anchovies, olives, capers and garlic. The sauce became popular in the 1960s, and there are numerous variations of puttanesca. The Neapolitan version is prepared without anchovies, and often adds chili peppers. We like to layer puttanesca sauce into cheesy lasagna, serve it with seared tuna, and toss it with penne and salmon. Here, our favorite ways to use puttanesca sauce.

Pasta with Fresh Puttanesca Sauce

This no-cook spicy tomato sauce from F&W’s Kay Chun is flavor-packed with anchovies, capers, green olives and crushed red pepper. Slideshow:  Fast Weekday Pasta 

Fresh Chile Puttanesca

Top Chef finalist Sarah Grueneberg adds green olives, almonds and fresh chile to her bright, delicious puttanesca. Slideshow: More Quick and Delicious Pastas