Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca recipe by @coxys_kitchen

If you need to feed the family and haven’t had time to pop to the shops, then this Spaghetti alla Puttanesca recipe is the way to go. It’s easy to prepare, budget friendly and what’s more, it’s made from ingredients you are likely to find in your store cupboard. Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, it’s the go-to midweek meal you can make at the drop of a hat!

Recipe: Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 350-400g good quality dried spaghetti
  • 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes or pepperoncino flakes if you have them
  • 90g pitted black olives, roughly chopped
  • 350g cherry tomatoes, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add a good tablespoon of salt. Once the water has boiled, add the spaghetti and cook as per packet instructions
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the chopped garlic and anchovies, cook gently until the anchovies have melted, but be careful not to burn the garlic
  3. Add the capers and olives and combine with the other ingredients
  4. Add the fresh – and tinned tomatoes if using and simmer for 4 minutes
  5. Drain the spaghetti, but reserve approx. 100ml of the pasta water
  6. Add the spaghetti to the sauce and making sure that every strand is well coated in the sauce
  7. Add a few spoonful’s of the reserved pasta water, this will help the sauce to emulsify and thicken slightly
  8. Add and stir in most of the fresh parsley and season with pepper, you shouldn’t need salt as the dish should already be salty from the anchovies and capers, but add it if you think it needs it
  9. Serve onto warmed bowls and sprinkle with the remaining parsley

Coxy’s Kitchen Tips:

  1. Add flaked smoked mackerel to the sauce for a delicious alternative
  2. Prefer a more tomatoey sauce? Then add a few spoonful’s of tinned chopped tomatoes as well as fresh cherry tomatoes
  3. If the anchovies and capers are particularly salty, briefly rinse them under cold water
  4. If you don’t like anchovies, add more capers and olives

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