Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Aka “whore’s pasta”. Inspired by BuzzFeed but let’s follow Gennaro Contaldo instead:

400 g dried spaghetti
olive oil + unsalted butter
4-8 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
3 anchovy fillets, chopped
2 fresh red chillies with seeds, sliced (or red pepper flakes if you haven’t)
a small handful of black olives , destoned
2 handfuls very ripe cherry tomatoes, halved or 2 cans whole San Marzano tomatoes
a small bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked
Parmesan cheese to serve
1 large onion, finely chopped
tomato paste (optional)
½ cup dry red wine

I forgot to add the onion, and unfortunately substituted sardines for anchovies as my grocery had none. Had no basil, and added a can of peeled tomatoes for good saucy measure. Excellent heat in this dish.



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