Friday, March 28, 2014

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Funny, but this seems to be turning into a weekend blog!

Dinner was delicious. Spaghetti alla Puttanesca. The spiciness and saltiness of the sauce were a perfect blend. The sauce could have been eaten by the spoonful. Okay, I only had two spoons full.

From Williams-SonomaSpaghetti alla Puttanesca

1 1/2 lb. (750 g.) diced canned tomatoes with their juices (or ripe fresh tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped)
2 Tbs. Chopped red or  yellow onion
1/2 cup (1/2 oz./15 g.) firmly packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely torn
1/4 cup (1 1/2 oz./45 g.) chopped pitted Gaeta or other Mediterranean-style black olives
2 Tbs. Chopped, rinsed capers
2 Tbs. Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for serving
1/2 lb. (250 g.) spaghetti
1 1/2 Tbs. Butter or extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly grated Parmesan or grana padano cheese for serving

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the tomatoes, onion, half of the basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the tomatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the olives, capers and parsley and simmer for about 1 minute longer. At this point, the mixture should be fairly thick. If it is still watery, simmer for about 5 minutes longer. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Taste and add more salt if necessary.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, according to the package directions.

Just before the pasta is ready, reheat the sauce until hot and remove from the heat. Stir the remaining basil leaves into the sauce along with the butter. Drain the pasta and transfer to a shallow serving bowl. Add the sauce, toss to combine, top with more parsley, and serve, passing the cheese at the table. Serves 2.

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