Spaghetti with a Savory Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

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Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta

By Giuliano Hazan

Published 2009

  • About

This “saucily” sauced Neapolitan pasta dish is named after the “ladies of the night” who, according to legend, used it to seduce their clients. Though I cannot guarantee its aphrodisiac qualities, I think it will undoubtedly make whomever you serve this pasta to quite happy. My wife certainly is when I make it!


  • 2 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 6 anc


  1. Fill a pot for the pasta with about 6 quarts of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil.
  2. Peel the tomatoes and coarsely chop them.
  3. Peel the garlic and finely chop it. Coarsely chop the anchovies and put them with the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet and place over medium-high heat. Cook until the anchovies have mostly dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes.