I love saying Pasta Puttanesca! Come on who wouldn't want to make Lady of Night Pasta!! I guess it was called that because you would typically have all the ingredients in your pantry and in a few minutes you could have dinner ready and then you could carry on with your "business"! Usually this is made with spaghetti however, I saw these cute pennoni in the store and thought they would be great.
You will need:
- pasta of your choice -spaghetti or penne is typical (2-3 cups for 2 people of pennoni)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic - chopped fine
- 1 tbsp anchovy paste -about 1 1/2 inches
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes (more if you like it hotter)
- 6 black olives - chopped
- 1 tbsp capers- chopped
- 1/2 small can of tomatoes - can be crushed or diced (mine were diced but I blended then to get them smooth like a sauce
- 1 tbsp chopped Italian parsley - never buy curly it has no taste!
- 1 spring onion - chopped fine
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1/4 -1/2 pasta water
- grated Parmesan cheese to serve
Step 1: put a large pot of water on to boil. Once boiling add lots of sea salt to the water. It should taste like sea water.
Step 2: I like to gather all my ingredients when preparing a meal so I do not forget things. Start by chopping your garlic, olives, capers, parsley and spring onions.
If you use the flat edge of a knife and squish each olive you will be able to remove the pit quite easily. Then chop the olives. Set aside.
Step 3: once water is boiling add your pasta to the water and stir- cook to al dente (still a bit hard to the tooth because you will finish it for a few minutes in the sauce)
Step 4: by the time your pasta is cooked your sauce will be done. Start by adding your olive oil and chopped garlic, anchovy paste and chili flakes. Cook for a minute or two.
Step 5: add your capers, your olives and your tomatoes. Cook for another few minutes. If it gets too thick add some pasta water to thin out.
Step 6: Once pasta is done remove directly to sauce and add some additional pasta water, parsley and spring onions. Toss to coat and cook 1-2 minutes. Most of the water will absorb into the pasta. Add freshly grated Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with more Parmesan and a drizzle of good olive oil.