Easy Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe: Easy Italian Pasta

Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

This spaghetti puttanesca recipe is another affordable and delicious recipe, perfect for a busy family’s midweek meal.

Most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboards already. Just remember to pick up the bits you do need when you next go shopping.
*MENTAL NOTE* If your kids ask what Puttanesca means in Italian, don’t, I mean, DON’T Google it in front of them.

Easy Italian Pasta

Spaghetti is a long, thin, cylindrical pasta that has become a staple in British kitchens. This type of pasta is made from durum wheat semolina flour or a combination of semolina and all-purpose flour, giving it a firm texture and nutty flavour. Spaghetti is incredibly versatile and can be served with a variety of sauces, including puttanesca sauce, marinara sauce, or carbonara sauce.

To cook spaghetti, you need a large pot of boiling water and a pinch of salt. The spaghetti is added to the boiling water and cooked until al dente, following the packet instructions. Once cooked, the spaghetti is drained and tossed with a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.

Spaghetti alla puttanesca is a classic Italian dish that has become popular in the UK. This simple and delicious sauce is made with canned tomatoes, garlic, chilli flakes, anchovy paste, black olives, and capers. The sauce is quick to make and can be cooked on medium heat in a large frying pan.

Spaghetti Puttanesca

Spaghetti is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be served with a simple garlic butter sauce, or with a creamy carbonara sauce made with eggs and pancetta. Spaghetti can also be used in soups and stews or as a base for spaghetti Bolognese.

When it comes to serving spaghetti, there are a variety of options. Spaghetti can be served on a plate, in a bowl, or even on a serving platter. It’s often topped with fresh basil, grated Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of black pepper.


Overall, spaghetti is a popular ingredient in the UK and is loved for its versatility, simplicity, and delicious taste. Whether you’re cooking a quick mid-week dinner or hosting a date night, spaghetti is a go-to ingredient that’s sure to please.

Italian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its rich flavours and diverse range of dishes. One classic Italian dish that stands out is spaghetti alla puttanesca. With its origins dating back to the mid-20th century in Naples, this savoury pasta dish has become a safe go-to recipe for many, with its aromatic garlic, spicy tomato-based sauce, and umami flavour from the addition of anchovies. This simple sauce is made with basic pantry staples like canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic cloves, chilli flakes, and briny capers and black olives. The sauce is quick to make, taking just a few minutes on medium heat and a large skillet. Cooked pasta is then added to the sauce and served hot on a serving platter with fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

Easy Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

Easy Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

Another affordable and delicious recipe, perfect for a busy families midweek meal. This Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe was delicious and was ready in 20 minutes. Most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboards already, just remember to pick up the bits you do need when you next go shopping. *MENTAL NOTE* If your kids ask what Puttanesca means in Italian, don't, I mean, DON'T Google it in front of them.

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Recipe Cost £4.00
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Dinner, Lunch, Midweek Meals
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean, 15 - 30 minutes, Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 293 kcal


Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 300 g Dried Spaghetti
  • 120 g Black Olives
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 400 g Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 5 Anchovy Fillets
  • 2 tbsp Capers
  • Small bunch of Parsley


Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe

  • This Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe is not only delicious, but it also takes no time to prepare and cook. The dried spaghetti cooks at the same time you prepare the sauce and then you simply just mix it together. After heating some oil in a pan over medium heat, chuck in the onion and cook for about 10 minutes, until soft before adding the garlic and chilli and cooking for about 1 minute more.
    1 Onion, 2 Garlic Cloves, 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • Stir in the capers, anchovies and tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes.
    120 g Black Olives, 400 g Tin Chopped Tomatoes, 5 Anchovy Fillets, 2 tbsp Capers
  • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti as per the instructions, then drain and toss with the sauce and the parsley. I promised quick and easy and this Spaghetti Puttanesca Recipe doesn't disappoint. The kids will love all the flavours and you will love the ease it cooks and the little washing up it generates. Enjoy! If you like this recipe don't forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter You can find all my delicious and affordable recipes here.
    300 g Dried Spaghetti, Small bunch of Parsley


Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 50.1gProtein: 11.6gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 598mgPotassium: 449mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 3.8gCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword italian, easy recipe, mid-week, pasta, 15-30 Minutes, quick dinners, spaghetti
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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