Time for an easy recipe that certainly fits an erotica writer’s website! Pasta Puttanesca which translates to Whore’s Spaghetti.
Rumor has it the Italian Working Girls prepared this dish for their late night customers from standard kitchen supplies. The meal was an added bonus for their clients and an easy way to keep business flowing. I think it’s named because the meal is satisfying and done in a matter of minutes so the cook can get on with other things.
Pasta Puttanesca – Whore’s Spaghetti
Olive Oil for dipping the bread
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¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
14.5oz can Italian plum tomatoes drained, and coarsely chopped
1 tbsp. capers chopped (optional)
1 can medium black olives, drained, pitted, and chopped
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
freshly ground pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, stir, 2 – 3 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes, capers, olives, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, and black pepper, return to low heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Taste the sauce and add pepper.
Reduce the heat to very low, simmer another 15 minutes.
1 tsp. fresh or dried parsley
Grated parmesan cheese
Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling water until al dente; drain.
Toss the spaghetti with the sauce, sprinkle on the parsley.
Serve the parmesan cheese on the side.
A variety of fresh lettuce
Tomatoes cut into eights
½ a red onion sliced thin
Small handful of black olives, sliced
¼ cup feta cheese, broken into small pieces
Extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Toss everything but oil and vinegar together in a large bowl. Store in the fridge chill until ready to serve.
Combine the oil and vinegar just before serving. Add in pepper and stir. Pour a little over the salad and toss well.
Save some oil for dipping the bread!