Spaghetti sauce puttanesca

Yield: 1 batch

Measure Ingredient
3 \N Anchovy fillets; chopped
2 tablespoons Olive oil
4 cans Peeled Italian plum tomatoes (28 oz. cans) or-
40 \N To 50 fresh tomatoes
\N \N Grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Fresh basil
2 tablespoons Fresh oregano
1 large Head garlic; abt. 12 cloves
2 tablespoons Capers; drained
½ cup Kalamata olives pitted and halved


Heat olive oil in large Dutch oven. Add anchovies and stir together until oil and anchovies make a paste. Add the tomatoes, liquid and all. Break up the tomatoes and cook for 2 hours, then add the basil, oregano and half the garlic. Cook for 6 to 8 hours, adding a little water as needed. The sauce will become a dark, rich red. In the last half hour, add the remaining garlic, olives and capers. Cook for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over pasta and pass grated Parmesan.

The editors wrote: "Anchovies, capers, olives and garlic result in a mysterious and wholly Italian taste experience that even anchovy haters tend to like. This recipe was...the best of several on this theme. We would only suggest the possibility of adding the fresh herbs later in the cooking process." Recipe from Ellen Boehm Smith of San Jose, CA in "Great Spaghetti Sauce Cookoff" article in "The Herb Companion." Dec. 1992/Jan. 1993, Vol. 5, No. 2. Pg. 78. Posted by Cathy Harned.

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