This is a sauce that Tim & I make whenever we need a quick, comforting pasta. Its true name is Puttanesca, from alla puttanesca (“in the style of a prostitute”), but for us it is just Harlot Sauce. It is apparently a sauce that the prostitutes of Rome can cook quickly between assignations, a sauce that inflames the desire.
In my opinion, this amount is a bit too much for 2, but too little for 4. So I would suggest making this amount for two, and leaving a bit of extra sauce on the side to dip bread into.
2 – 3 buds of garlic, chopped or mashed
6 – 8 fillets of anchovies
1 Tbs olive oil
½ tsp red pepper flakes
2 – 3 fresh tomatoes, chopped or 1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 large Tbs of capers
6 – 8 pitted black olives
6 – 8 pitted green olives
1 Tbs fresh basil
- Pour off some of the oil from the anchovies and lightly sauté the garlic.
- Chop the anchovies and add them to the hot pan, adding more oil as necessary.
- Add pepper flakes and sauté them with the anchovies
- Add tomatoes. Cook for about 10 minutes
- Add capers and olives. Cook for another 5 minutes
- Top with fresh basil and serve on pasta.