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Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

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Spaghetti in a spicy sauce with tomatoes, anchovies, capers, and olives.

This spaghetti sauce originated in the Isle of Ischia, near Naples. The word puttanesca is derived from «puttana», a colloquial term for prostitute. Some claim that the sauce earned its name because of its spicy flavor. Another theory holds that it got its name because it cooks quickly - even women with very busy work schedules could prepare it, or so the story goes.

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 10 min
420 calories/serving
  • Very easy
  • Lactose Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Kid-friendly
  • Heart-healthy

Ingredients

160 g spaghetti
1/2 cup canned tomatoes, low sodium 130 g
2 anchovy fillets, chopped 8 g
1 tsp olive paste 5 g
1 1/4 tsp capers, coarsely chopped 4 g
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp Parsley and Garlic Base 10 mL
2 tbsp olive oil 30 mL
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.

Method

  1. To save time, the sauce preparation and the pasta cooking can be done at the same time. Start by cooking the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the finely chopped garlic, 1 min taking care not to let it burn. Chop the anchovies, then add them to the pan and cook with stirring. When they have broken apart and «melted» (after about 2 min), add the coarsely chopped capers, olive paste, parsley and garlic base and diced tomatoes. Cook, uncovered, for 7-8 min over low heat while stirring from time to time. Add pepper to taste. In general, it is not necessary to add salt since the anchovies are already salted.
  3. Put the drained spaghetti back into the pasta cooking pot, add the sauce, then mix well. Serve in the warmed dishes.

Remarks

Parmesan is not added since the flavour of fish sauces in general does not benefit from the addition of cheese.

The Puttanesca Sauce can be made up to 10 days ahead, refrigerated, then reheated while you cook the pasta.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (280g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

420

Fat

14 g

21 %

Saturated 1.9 g
+ Trans 0 g

9 %

Cholesterol

0 mg

Sodium

440 mg

18 %

Carbohydrate

63 g

21 %

Fibre

4 g

16 %

Sugars

2 g

Protein

12 g

Vitamin A

14 %

Vitamin C

15 %

Calcium

4 %

Iron

14 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : ½ serving
Grain Products : 2 ¾ servings
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 0 serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Free  :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low  :
Cholesterol, Saturated Fat
Source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc
Good source of  :
Magnesium, Niacin, Vitamin E
Excellent source of  :
Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin K
Diet-related health claims  :
Heart-healthy

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 4
Vegetables ½
Meat and Alternatives 0
Fats 2 ½

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This recipe is in the following categories

Tomatoes | Pasta | Main courses/Entrées | Heart-healthy | Low Saturated Fat | Low Cholesterol | Halal | Kosher | Italian