Fettuccine Alla Puttanesca

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Daily Mail Modern British Cookbook

By Alastair Little and Richard Whittington

Published 1998

  • About

Puttanesca means ‘in the style of the whores’, supposedly because it was much favoured by working girls as a late night pick-me-up. Using a food processor, this sauce takes only seconds to make, and is thus pretty neat for all kinds of workers.


  • 12 stoned black olives
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 anchovy fillets


The day before or at least 6 hours before you want to eat, put the olives in a food processor with the garlic, anchovies, capers, basil, shallots, pepper and olive oil. Pulse-chop briefly to a coarse purée, scraping down the sides in between chopping. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Cook the noodles in lots of rapidly boiling salted water, checking they are done after 8 minut