Spaghetti puttanesca served in a pan

Spaghetti puttanesca

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(36 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

Cook up this classic sauce in one pan, then toss with spaghetti for a simple midweek meal. It's budget-friendly too, making it a great meal for the family 

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal495
  • fat19g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre6g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.8g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 5 anchovy fillets, finely chopped



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • 120g pitted black olives
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • 2 tbsp capers, drained
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 300g dried spaghetti
  • ½ small bunch of parsley, finely chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion along with a generous pinch of salt and fry for 10 mins, or until soft. Add the garlic and chilli, if using, and cook for a further minute.

  2. Stir the tomatoes, anchovies, olives and capers into the onion, bring to a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, for 15 mins. Season to taste.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the spaghetti following pack instructions, then drain and toss with the sauce and parsley.

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20th Jul, 2020
Great recipe, followed exactly and it was fantastic puttanesca. If you can get fresh anchovies, do!
13th Jul, 2020
This is delicious and simple - result!
mamofmany5's picture
3rd Jul, 2020
This is a delicious meal. It’s defiantly quick easy and tasty. It’s one of our go to weekly meals now
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Cristina Escubos
1st Jul, 2020
So delicious! This is going to be part of my regular recipes now.
31st May, 2020
Delicious. Easy pasta sauce to make with just store cupboard ingredients. I used less olive oil and it still tasted lovely.
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Tyrone Fernandes
11th May, 2020
Amazing recipe. Didn't have capers, but substituted with green olives.
24th Apr, 2020
This was really tasty and really easy to make will definitely be making again. I added the chilli but it was quite spicy so might just put a pinch in next time.
MalmiX's picture
2nd Apr, 2020
This was delicious, the capers, anchovies, olives and chilli were superb. I added Sriracha and Cajun pepper and yes, a shot of Worcestershire sauce so I broke rank but the flavour was fab and I have seconds frozen for another day. mm mmm
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Will Haryson
30th Mar, 2020
Thank you for really good recipe! This on e i also good
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Greg Travis
22nd Feb, 2020
Really unpleasant, but may have been down to the anchovies I used.


MrsSarge's picture
29th Nov, 2019
Does anyone have a suggestion what could be substituted for the anchovies? I'm allergic to fish and also now a vegetarian
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Barney Good Food
3rd Apr, 2020
Hi, simply leave them out and you'll still have a delicious, vegetarian pasta dish as long as the cheese you serve with it is vegetarian. Thanks, Barney
Will Haryson's picture
Will Haryson
30th Mar, 2020
lulu_grimes's picture
2nd Dec, 2019
Hello, You can just leave the anchovies out and add a little more seasoning instead. Add a few more olives if you like, or use green pitted olives as well as black. I hope you enjoy the recipe.
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