Penne Rigate alla Puttanesca Recipe

About: Chef Giuseppe Jose De La Vega shares a classic recipe for puttanesca sauce, a tart, salty sauce combining sweet tomatoes with anchovies, capers, and kalamata olives. Whip up on a weeknight for an easy and satisfying meal.

Cook Tip: The anchovies can be omitted to make this recipe vegetarian.

Recipe Info

Restaurant: Primavera Ristorante | San Diego

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 hour(s) 15 minutes
Cuisine: Italian
Meal Type: Dinner
Main Ingredient: tomatoes
Dish Type: Main Course
Cooking Method: Simmer
Season/Occasion: Any Occasion
Dificulty: Easy
Vegetarian: No



Heat all but 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add anchovies and cook, stirring until the anchovies dissolve.

Add garlic and cook for about 15 seconds, taking care not to brown it (garlic gets bitter if browned).

Raise the heat to medium-high and add tomatoes, bay leaf, and salt. When the sauce comes to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer until the tomatoes have reduced and separated from the oil. This may take 20-40 minutes.

Remove sauce from heat, remove Bay leaf and set sauce aside. (If you like, you can safely refrigerate the sauce and save for the next day.)

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot; add 1 tsp. of salt, and drop in the penne all at once, making sure that it is completely submerged. Stir for at least one minute and let it return to a boil.

When the pasta is halfway done (4-5 minutes), return the sauce skillet to a medium heat, adding the basil, capers, and olives.  Cook pasta until al dente; drain, and return to pot. Mix with sauce and serve.


1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil 6 anchovy filets, chopped 2 tsp. finely chopped garlic 4 C. peeled, chopped, and seeded fresh roma tomatoes 1 bay leaf (to taste) salt 8 oz. dried Italian penne rigate pasta 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves 2 Tbsp. capers 8-10 kalamata olives, pitted and julienned


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