Spaghetti alla puttanesca wasn’t named after an actual prostitute, as the etymology of puttana (whore in Italian) might suggest.

According to Annarita Cuomo, a writer for an Italian newspaper, one day in the 1950s a group of desperately hungry customers complained about the shortage of ingredients to Sandro Petti, co-owner of Rancio Fellone, a famous restaurant on the Italian island of Ischia, telling him “Facci una puttanata qualsiasi (Make any kind of garbage)!”

Petti obviously found out there were some olives and some caper buds left in the kitchen…

Laziness Factor: 1

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Ingredients for 4-5 servings:

– 500g rigatoni

– 2 fresh tomatoes

– 3 garlic cloves

– 10-12 Kalamata olives or other, pitted

– 10-15 caper buds

– some basil or spearmint leaves

– olive oil, oregano and salt

 

1.

Start the preparation by dicing the tomatoes.

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2.

Pit the olives, so that you have them ready for the sauce afterwards.

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3.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the rigatoni.

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4.

Heat some olive oil over high heat, finely slice the garlic and add it in the saucepan.

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5.

When the garlic turns golden, add the tomatoes, salt and oregano.

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6.

When the tomatoes have started melting, add the olives and the capers.

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7.

When the rigatoni is ready, drain in a colander and immediately add to the sauce.

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8.

Serve with as many basil or spearmint leaves as you like. Bon appetit!

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Watch this video version of the recipe:

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