One of my husband's favorite meals is pasta puttanesca. Every time I make this meal or ask what I should make for pasta night he brings up that puttanesca loosely translated is pasta in the way a whore would make it. The reasons for this translation are varied. Perhaps it is because a basic tomato sauce is "tarted up" with olives and capers. Maybe it is because said tarts needed something that they could place in their windows to entice men. It can also be prepared quickly so they could get back to....work.
This is a really simple dish that comes together quickly. Unless, like me, you have a sous chef that has to go to the bathroom and hates when you continue without her, or a budding sous chef that can't manage to keep from climbing onto anything she can, then the meal takes a little while longer. But, if prepared correctly, and, I guess, as a whore would make it, then you can have dinner out there in no time. This dish serves four easily.
Italian Sausage Puttanesca
8 ounces penne pasta
12 ounces italian sausage (today I used mild sausage)
1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 green pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
heaping 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 heaping tablespoon capers, drained
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Bring a pot of water to boil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large dutch oven, cook the italian sausage, onion, pepper and garlic over medium heat, breaking up the sausage as it browns.
Once the sausage is cooked, add the next 5 ingredients. Let this bubble on low while you add the pasta to the water. Let the pasta cook for about 8-9 minutes or until al dente.
Once the pasta is done, drain and add this to the tomato mixture.
Pour the puttanesca into a casserole dish (I used an 8 inch square glass pan), top with the cheese and put in the oven.
Let cook for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and brown.
Serve with a salad and garlic bread. Enjoy!
My husband likes to say that he likes this dish because he is a "pasta"tute. I think it is because he likes the idea of a whore serving him for free.