Spaghetti alla puttanesca
Italian is quite similar to Spanish. So I can understand most of it. When I first heard about a dish called spaghetti alla puttanesca, however, I thought I wasn’t getting it right. Prostitute style spaghetti? This sounds so wrong. But it’s correct.
I was curious about the origin of this Sicilian dish. One of the explanations I found was that apparently prostitutes could have this meal in between clients as it’s quite fast and simple to prepare. Another explanation is that they were only allowed to leave the house once a week and that they would cook this dish consisting of mostly canned ingredients when they were running out of fresh ingredients.
So what do you need to prepare spaghetti alla puttanesca?
- Throw some garlic and chopped onions into a frying pan.
- Then add anchovy.
- Then some tomatos and peperoncini.
- Let it all cook for a while and season it with pepper and oregano (no salt is needed since the anchovy are salty enough).
- In the end you add pipless black olives and capers and pour the sauce on top of your spaghetti.
- Parmesan cheese or Pecorino cheese are optional.
You may also prepare this dish with tuna. In my version that you can see in the picture, I used canned tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatos. I also added some canned corn.