Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spicy Ladies of the Evening Sauce...Puttanesca

As I was wandering up and down the isles of the grocery store scanning the shelves for hidden treasures I came upon a rare package of Bucatini (a thick spaghetti with a hole in the middle like a straw) and I immediately thought of this sauce.
2 28oz cans of whole tomatoes in juice crushed by hand
1 6oz can black olives chopped
1 2oz can anchovies
3 tbspn capers in brine
4-5 cloves of garlic (I just smash and peel mine and through it in whole so hubby can pick it out)
1 tsp or more of crushed red pepper flake
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbspn olive oil
salt and pepper to taste (easy on the salt, the anchovies and capers are already salty)
1 lb of pasta of your choice

heat oil in a pan add anchovies until melted, add garlic and cook about 3 minutes, add olives, capers and red pepper flakes, cook another 3 min then add tomatoes and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and simmer about an hour. Toss with your favorite pasta and top with grated cheese.
* add more red pepper flakes if you like it extra spicy like I do
** a side salad, garlic bread and a nice bottle of red wine makes a nice dinner party meal

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