Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pasta Puttanesca

Spaghetti puttanesca is a spicy tangy and salty pasta dish.The words which translates literally as 'whore's spaghetti' has spaghetti or any other choice of pasta added to the puttanesca sauce loaded with tomatoes,chilli flakes,garlic and anchovies.The original neopolitan version des not have anchovies though.Anyway I could not use anchovies and so I was very happy to see the vegan recipe for the same in BBCGoodFood. I adapted the recipe but used penne.My pics are of no use as I was in a hurry ,but do try the recipe.

Ingredients:
Penne Pasta: 2 cups

Olive Oil: 1 tbsp
Onion: diced : 1 medium
Garlic: 2 cloves
Capers: 2 tbsp
Tomatoes: blanched,peeled and chopped : 2-3 big
Chilli flakes: as per taste (Can use paprika)
Roasted Red Pepper: chopped: 1 medium
Black olive: pitted: 10 +/-

Parmesan: optional : for garnish

Preparation:

Puttanesca Sauce:
Heat oil in a pan and add diced onions. Fry the onions till they are transparent.Add chopped garlic and fry till soft.Add tomatoes,red peppers,capers,and olives along with chilli flakes.You can go for hot paprika as mentioned in the original instead of chilli flakes.I added chilli flakes and a pinch of chilli  powder to get the required kick needed.Let it cook till a sauce consistency is reached.It looks like...


Spaghetti/Penne:
Cook the pasta as per instructions and toss into the sauce.Serve hot optionally garnishing with parmesan.I did not.

The pasta is very tangy and suits a person who loves tomatoes!. You can change the quantity as per taste.

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