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Puttanesca Pasta

Anisa Sabet

Anchovies, sun dried tomatoes, whole plum tomatoes, black olives, capers and basil tossed in a rich tomato sauce make this puttanesca pasta your new favourite to welcome the chillier weather!

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Serves four

For the sauce: 

Note: if you like a really saucy pasta, double the measurements here (except pasta). I did so for the photos in this post. 

  • 3 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled & lightly smashed (or use 3 teaspoons minced garlic)
  • 3-6 anchovy fillets (depending on your taste)
  • 1 400g can who plum tomatoes
  • 6 semi-dried tomatoes, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, torn in half
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • Fresh basil to taste
  • Parmesan to taste
  • 400g pasta (I used Linguine)

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1. Heat oil in a large fry pan, add the garlic and cook until browning (around 1 minute). Add the anchovies and cook for a few minutes. Break open the whole plum tomatoes and add to the pan with the juices. Simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Add the semi-dried tomatoes, olives and capers. Season sauce with crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Stir through basil leaves. 

2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as per instructions. Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of pasta water to add to the sauce. Loosen spaghetti by giving it a good lug of olive oil.

3. Toss cooked pasta with sauce, pasta water and serve with freshly grated parmesan and some extra basil leaves.

Storage: sauce will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

For more recipes, check out Canberra-based food and recipe blog, The MacadamesDon’t forget to hashtag #cookwiththemacadames when making my recipes. I love to see how you went and get a peek at your kitchen table.


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Anisa Sabet

Anisa is a Canberra based food and recipe blogger, budding food photographer and stylist, mum to a gorgeous baby girl and a serious coffee addict. Among other things, she loves getting outdoors, reading, entertaining friends, the snow, good wine, travelling and going to the movies. Most days, you can find her in her fav Canberra haunts, in the kitchen or behind the lens. More about the Author

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