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Puttanesca Sauce


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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup finely-chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cans Roma plum tomatoes - (28 oz ea) broken into pieces, with juice
  • 1 cup pitted halved Kalamata olives (tightly packed)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons minced anchovy fillets - (abt 8)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pound penne pasta cooked al dente


Servings 4


Step 1

In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and lightly caramelized, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients and simmer until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, about 40 minutes. Adjust seasoning, to taste, cover and set aside. Add penne pasta to the pan and toss for 1 minute.

This recipe yields about 4 cups of sauce.

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