Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

I was gonna write about making it through the weekend (last weekend) but then again, my weekend got so busy. Well, it’s finally monday and when mondays comes, it’s all about staring anew.

I’m still kinda dizzy with everything that happened over the past week, like chores and errands and all, but hey, I’m really glad we were able to sneak in some family time: peanutbutter♥, Ykaie and I. We went swimming yesterday with a couple of my aunts, some cousins, and nieces.

We were worried about this certain typhoon coming or a low-pressure area building up somewhere because weather has been topsy-turvy these days but I’m glad it still pushed through despite of it. It was such a fun fun fun weekend albeit a tiring one. One of my cousins was able to sneak in shopping time, though. She bought a memory foam topper on the way home.

Today, I’m back to the grind — blogging, doing the laundry and thinking of what to eat for lunch. I’m also thinking about a weekday movie date with my family. Oh, I heard Guardian of the Galaxy is a must-see!

I am also kinda having some deep cravings for a tangy pasta dish. This had to be included in my pasta plans today. Did you know that Spaghetti alla Puttanesca literally means “”spaghetti a la whore” in Italian? Well, even if that’s the meaning of its name, I’m just glad the pasta sauce was invented because it satisfies my cravings for tomatoes, olives, capers, and salty anchovies!

I am also starting to think I am the only person in my family who likes this kind of pasta sauce. I could eat this for one whole day without getting tired of it. I’ll need dessert but that’s another story.


Spaghetti Puttanesca

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 250g spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 14-oz. can of diced or whole tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olives, sliced
  • 1 can anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 3 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped , plus more for serving
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water with a little bit of salt and oil
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add tomatoes and their juices, as well as olives, anchovies, capers, and red pepper flakes Simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Break up the tomatoes if whole.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Once the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the sauce.
  6. Add your chopped basil and mix well. make sure pasta is well coated with sauce. You can add a bit of pasta water if you think the sauce is too thin.
  7. Serve along with extra basil and Parmesan.

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47 Responses

    1. Now I know how to cook that ,thank you for this wonderful pasta recipe

  1. Nagutom naman ako sa pasta na yan! I haven’t tried cooking puttanesca, though. Puro sa resto lang. If ever, I’ll borrow this recipe ha. 🙂

  2. Can you believe I’ve never eaten puttanesca pa? Yes I’m not cultured haha. Your recipe makes me want to try it!

  3. I’ve been wondering about the first half of the name, haha! I wonder why that’s named so. 😀 makes me wonder if it’s a sellout type of recipe or something hehe.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Maybe I’ll try it soon. 🙂

  4. I wonder why that is the Italian name? I like tomato based pasta but I don’t think I can handle olives and capers and anchovies, hehe! The backdrop of your ingredient and finished product shot are sooo nice and rustic!

  5. Love the photography! So great that I’m now rushing to the kitchen for a midnight snack! hehe…. I think it would be better to use those angel hair pasta instead of the regular kind, but that’s just me 😀

  6. I love your pictures and food presentation, Peachy! Puttanesca is one of my comfort food. I made my own version before by substituting tuyo in olive oil instead of anchovies and it was delish!

  7. Unique Recipe! Looks so delicious ? Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  8. Italian Pasta. Pag natikman ko to magugustuhan ko to tiyak. Love this Mommy Peachy???

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Hi, Peachy here!

I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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