Traditional Italian Pasta Puttanesca

In my personal opinion, the traditional Italian Pasta Puttanesca is probably one of the healthiest pasta recipes that you can eat. It involves tomatoes, garlic, capers, olives, as well as olive oil, which are all very healthy. So if you are looking for a healthy dinner meal that can be easily prepared in your own kitchen, I highly recommend this recipe. More so if you and your family members are fond of eating pasta.

What I am going to share with you today is an authentic Italian recipe. As we all know, the Italians are a winner when it comes to pasta, so you can be certain that this meal would be a sure hit on your dining table.

According to historians, puttanesca originated in Naples and it dates back to the middle part of the 20th century. There are many stories that surround this popular sauce. One of which is when some hungry people went to a certain restaurant and requested the owner to simply put together whatever ingredients were left in the kitchen. That’s how those simple ingredients were used to create a savory sauce that is still being raved about up to these days.

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Traditional Italian Pasta Puttanesca

  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


The amazingly fragrant puttanesca is, indeed, to die for. It is bursting with flavor, and it’s not that hard to prepare at all. A few minutes and simple ingredients…That’s all it takes to create the traditional Italian Pasta Puttanesca.



1 pound spaghetti

1 can diced tomatoes (28 ounces)

1/2 cup kalamata olives (pitted)

4 cloves garlic (smashed)

4 anchovy fillets (chopped)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup capers

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


chopped fresh parsley (for garnishing)

freshly grated parmesan cheese (for serving)


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook for about a minute or until fragrant.
  2. Add chopped anchovy fillets and cook for another 1 minute.
  3. Add tomatoes, capers, olives, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large pot, put water (enough to cook pasta) and add some salt. Bring to a boil and then add pasta. Cook until al dente. Drain.
  5. Pour sauce over spaghetti and garnish with parsley. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving.


For this recipe, spaghetti is the most commonly used pasta. You are free, though, to use other types if desired.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Cuisine: Italian

Pasta Puttanesca can be eaten on its own. Or, if you want to add more flavor, you can also eat it with garlic bread as well as with garlic knots. Adding a little bit of green salad on the side would be excellent, too.

In case you have leftovers, you can safely store it in the fridge for a few days. Simply reheat in the microwave before eating later on.

Closing Thoughts

The traditional Italian Pasta Puttanesca is a great option for those nights when you do not have much time to spend in the kitchen. It can be made quickly, but rest assured that the nutritional value will never be compromised.

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