Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

This recipe is geared toward the Beginner Chef in your household. It’s super easy to complete and is very tasty. The best part of this recipe is that it can entirely come from your pantry. For those tired work nights or for teaching your kids to cook, this Pasta Puttanesca does the trick.

Pasta Puttanesca

If you kids enjoy olives, they are assured to enjoy Pasta Puttanesca. It’s sweet and tangy flavor is a huge hit in our household. But then again, my youngest can devour an bottle of olives entirely on her own.

Prepare Your Ingredients

Prepare your tomatoes and herbs by dicing your tomatoes. Make sure to cut them into a bite size. They will cook down a bit, but you’ll still want them to be easy to eat with a fork. Finely chop the marjoram and parsley. If you aren’t sure of the best way to chop your herbs, Good Housekeeping has a great tutorial video you might find helpful.

Preparing Your Pasta

This is a very simple and straight forward recipe to prepare. In a large pot, bring your pasta water to a hard boil. I like to use thin spaghetti, but you can really use any pasta you prefer. Prepare your pasta according to he package directions.

Puttanesca Sauce

To make your sauce, heat the olive oil in a large shallow skillet. Add in the garlic and allow it to simmer for a minute, until it is fragrant. Stir in your tomatoes and allow them to simmer for 5 minutes or until they are well heated. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the sauce is thoroughly combined. Allow your sauce to simmer until the pasta is ready. The liquid will evaporate off to create a thicker sauce.

Once your pasta is ready, go ahead and drain it. Return the pasta to the cooking pot. You are ready to stir in the sauce. Make sure it is well combined. The olives and tomatoes tend to settle to the bottom of the pot, so you’ll want to intentionally try to keep them stirred in.

Serving you Pasta Puttanesca is as easy as putting it on a plate. There really isn’t any trick to it. It’ll look delicious no matter how you plate it. This really easy a perfect recipe for beginners. Enjoy!

Pasta Puttanesca

Recipe by Pantry and TableCourse: Beginner Chef Recipes, DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 16 oz. Thin Spaghetti – or your favorite pasta, cooked according to the package instructions.

  • 1 T. Olive Oil

  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 2 1/2 cups Roma Tomato, diced – or 2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes

  • 3/4 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and sliced

  • 1 T. Capers, drained

  • 1 T. Italian Parsley, finely chopped

  • 2 tsp. Marjoram, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp. Coarse Black Pepper


  • In a large pot, cook your pasta according to the instructions.
  • Using a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and allow to simmer for 1 minute or until it is fragrant.
  • Pour in the tomatoes and allow to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and allow the sauce cook simmer over medium heat until your pasta is ready. The liquid will cook down to create a thicker sauce.
  • Once your pasta is ready, drain and return it to the pot.
  • Pour your Puttanesca sauce over the pasta and stir to combine.
  • You are ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories225
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7.05g 11%
    • Saturated Fat .99g 5%
  • Sodium 375mg 16%
  • Potassium 305mg 9%
  • Total Carbohydrate 37.29g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 8.6g 35%
    • Sugars 3.9g
  • Protein 7.52g 16%

  • Vitamin A 30%
  • Vitamin C 23%
  • Calcium 9%
  • Iron 18%
  • Vitamin E 13%
  • Vitamin K 28%
  • Thiamin 73%
  • Riboflavin 11%
  • Niacin 12%
  • Vitamin B6 20%
  • Folate 5%
  • Pantothenic Acid 13%
  • Phosphorus 18%
  • Magnesium 16%
  • Zinc 15%
  • Selenium 56%
  • Copper 38%
  • Manganese 100%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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