Spaghetti Puttanesca

Spaghetti Puttanesca

This classic store cupboard dish is famously known as 'Tart's Spaghetti'. Invented by busy Italian prostitutes who would rustle up something quickly from their pantry to feed their clients.

Categories: Fish, Pasta

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins



  • 3 tbsp Filippo Berio Classico Olive Oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 10 anchovy fillets, drained and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 400g can Cirio Chopped Tomatoes
  • 500g spaghetti
  • 200g pitted black olives, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained


  1. Heat the Filippo Berio Classico Olive Oil in a large, deep-sided frying pan, over a medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, anchovies and chillies and cook gently for about 3-4 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break up the anchovies.
  3. Add the tomatoes, olives and capers and simmer the sauce for about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally until it is slightly thickened.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water for about 10 minutes or according to packet instructions.
  5. Drain the pasta, reserving 4 tbsp of the water from the pasta pan. Return the pasta to the pan with the reserved pasta water and mix in the sauce. Serve immediately with chopped parsley, if desired.

Cooks tips

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Classico Olive Oil

This versatile all-purpose Olive Oil is excellent for sautéing, grilling and roasting or as a base for sauces. It's ideal with everything from meat and poultry to your favourite vegetables.

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