Ree’s Pasta Puttanesca | Food Network

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Pasta Puttanesca
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond
Total: 16 min
Active: 16 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy


8 ounces bucatini or spaghetti
2 cloves garlic
4 anchovy fillets
1/2 heaping cup kalamata olives, pitted
4-ounce piece good Parmesan
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup chicken broth or white wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 basil leaves


Cook the pasta until al dente according to the package directions.

Mash (in this order) the garlic, anchovies and olives using a mortar and pestle, or just chop them finely together. Set aside.

Using a fork, crumble the Parmesan.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red onions and cook until slightly caramelized. Add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes. Pour in the broth or wine and cook for another 2 minutes, then pour in the garlic/anchovy/olive mixture. Stir and continue cooking until the sauce is nice and reduced and wonderful, several minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Add the crumbled Parmesan and toss to coat the pasta in the sauce. Tear the basil leaves and sprinkle over the top. Serve right out of the skillet.

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8 Replies to “Ree’s Pasta Puttanesca | Food Network”

  1. Chopped garlic and anchovies (omitted in the Neapolitan version) are sautéed in olive oil. Chopped chili peppers, olives, capers, diced tomatoes and oregano are added along with salt and black pepper to taste. The cook then reduces this mixture by simmering and pours it over spaghetti cooked al dente. The final touch is a topping of parsley.

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