Pasta Puttanesca

A classic Italian pasta sauce based on pantry items such as olives, capers, anchovies and canned tomatoes.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3-4 canned anchovies, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp small (non-pariel) capers
  • 3/4 cup (95 g) pitted olives (black or green), roughly chopped
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Salt
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

For the soup:
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups each, chopped carrots, onion, and celery
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley, leaves chopped (about 2 to 4 Tbsp)
  • A couple cloves garlic, minced
  • Seasoning  - a couple teaspoons or more of poultry seasoning (to taste) or a combination of ground sage, thyme, marjoram, and/or a bouillon cube
  • 2 cups or more of leftover chopped or shredded cooked turkey meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Egg noodles or rice (optional, skip egg noodles for gluten-free version)
Directions
  • Sauté onions, anchovies, garlic: Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep sauté pan. When the oil is hot, sauté the onions until they're soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. While the onions are cooking, stir in the chopped anchovies along with some of the oil from the can. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  • Mix in the tomato paste and cook it for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, chili pepper flakes, and olives. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer.
  • Cook the spaghetti: Bring a large pot of salted water (5 quarts water, 2 Tbsp salt) to a boil. When you add the spaghetti to the boiling water to cook, add the capers to the sauce and continue to simmer it gently. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, to al dente, cooked but still slightly firm.
  • Serve: Drain the pasta and put in a large bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil over the pasta and mix to combine. Stir the parsley into the pasta sauce. Add some water into the sauce to thin it if it has become too thick. Add a ladle's worth of sauce to the pasta and mix to combine. Serve in shallow bowls with more sauce on top.

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