Bucatini alla Puttanesca

September/October 2014

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This classic Italian pasta recipe for bucatini (spaghetti with a hole in the center) with a flavorful tomato sauce, seasoned with olives, anchovy, oregano and capers, comes together in just 30 minutes. Puttanesca was named after the “ladies of the night” who, according to legend, cooked it to seduce their clients. Serve atop sautéed chicken cutlets with a simple tossed salad for a restaurant-worthy meal.

Bucatini alla Puttanesca

Makes: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups

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  • 4 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped canned no-salt-added whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 12 ounces bucatini pasta or spaghetti
  • 8 black olives, Kalamata or Greek, unpitted
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano


  1. Combine anchovies and 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the anchovies begin to dissolve, add garlic and stir for about 15 seconds. Add tomatoes and season with 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook until the tomatoes are no longer watery and have separated from the oil, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. When the sauce is about halfway done, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon salt, then stir in pasta until all the strands are submerged. Cook according to package instructions until just tender.
  3. Cut olives into slivers by slicing the flesh away from the pit. When the pasta is halfway done, return the sauce to medium heat and stir in the olives, capers and oregano.
  4. When the pasta is done, drain well and toss with the sauce, adding the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Serve at once.


Per serving: 474 calories; 15 g fat (2 g sat, 10 g mono); 3 mg cholesterol; 70 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g total sugars; 14 g protein; 5 g fiber; 587 mg sodium; 322 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (40% daily value), Vitamin C (20% dv), Iron (22% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 4 1/2

Exchanges: 4 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 1/2 fat

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