Spaghetti Puttanesca

Impress your family and friends with this super tasty but super quick traditional pasta dish. This only takes 15 minutes from start to finish, and will absolutely be a winner. With traditional Italian flavours of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, olives and capers, then the piece de resistance anchovy fillets, it packs a real flavour punch.

Anchovies are an oily fish and therefore are full of good fats that help lower cholesterol, protect your heart and brain. They have a really strong flavour hence why only a few are needed to really pack a punch in the flavour department.  You could also mix it up by also adding some king prawns or diced chicken, in addition to the anchovies, to add a bit of variety to your menu.

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Spaghetti Puttanesca

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  • Author: Rachel Wilcock
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Traditional Italian favourite packed full of flavour



120g dried Spaghetti

1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra to serve

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

4 Anchovy Fillets in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tbsp Tomato Purée

400g can chopped tomatoes

10 Pitted Kalamata Olives, torn in half

Handful fresh Basil, plus extra leaves to serve

2 tsp Capers, drained


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to pack instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a wide pan, gently heat the olive oil, garlic and anchovies. Sizzle gently for 2 minutes, encouraging the anchovies to melt into the oil with a few stirs.
  3. Add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute until it turns a burnished, golden red.
  4. Add the tomatoes and olives, partially cover, and turn up the heat.
  5. Bubble hard for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened and is rich and tasty.
  6. When ready, drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the cooking water.
  7. Add the pasta to the sauce with 2 tbsp reserved water and mix well.
  8. Season, then toss a handful of the basil into the pan. Divide between plates then finish with the capers, extra basil and a drizzle of oil.


For a slight kick, add a pinch of Hot Chilli Flakes to the pan as you soften the garlic and anchovies.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10


  • Calories: 416

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