Harlot Sauce

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.

You’ll Need

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

  1. Pour off some of the oil from the anchovies and lightly sauté the garlic.
  2. Chop the anchovies and add them to the hot pan, adding more oil as necessary.
  3. Add pepper flakes and sauté them with the anchovies
  4. Add tomatoes. Cook for about 10 minutes
  5. Add capers and olives. Cook for another 5 minutes
  6. Top with fresh basil and serve on pasta.
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