Pasta with Fresh Puttanesca Sauce


Lenore Klass's family loves Italian food, especially her fresh, light version of the classic anchovy-flavored puttanesca sauce. Instead of using a cooked tomato sauce base, she barely heats diced fresh tomatoes with the seasonings.

Makes 3 or 4 servings


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8 ounces dried vermicelli
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 can (2 oz.) anchovies, drained and minced
1 1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained
3 tablespoons drained capers
3/4 to 1 teaspoon hot chili flakes (optional)
Grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper


1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, cook vermicelli in about 3 quarts boiling water just until barely tender to bite, about 7 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan, combine oil and garlic. Stir over medium-high heat until garlic is soft but not brown, about 1 minute. Mix in anchovies.

3. Turn heat to high. Add tomatoes, olives, capers, and hot chili flakes to pan and stir until tomatoes are hot, about 3 minutes.

4. Drain pasta and pour into a large bowl. Spoon tomato sauce over pasta and mix. Add cheese, salt, and pepper to taste.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 325
Caloriesfromfat 21 %
Protein 12 g
Fat 7.6 g
Satfat 1.1 g
Carbohydrate 53 g
Fiber 4.1 g
Sodium 854 mg
Cholesterol 6.2 mg