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Sugo alla Puttanesca

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#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Done, now let simmer

Sugo alla Puttanesca
Whore’s Style Tomato Sauce
by James Belardo

The infamous and storied Puttanesca sauce (Sugo alla Puttanesca), a simple and very tasty pasta sauce. The aromatic and spicy Puttanesca has become a favorite because of it’s balance of it’s flavors, there’s many stories as to the origins of this fragrant, spicy, bitter, sweet, and salty dish. Spaghetti alla Puttanesca literally translated means “whore’s-style spaghetti.” Many believe that the origins lie deep in southern Italy, most-likely near Naples in the Campania region, but it may also have roots deeper in Calabria and Sicily. It’s been said that some Neapolitans forgo the anchovies (but still include olives and capers) and that Sicilians might add green peppers. I find anchovies an essential ingredient and use a fresh hot pepper or some peperoncino fiocchi (hot pepper flakes). The Bitterness from the black olives, heat from the peperoncino fiocchi (hot pepper flakes), sweet tomatoes and saltiness from the anchovies make my mouth water every time.

#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Ingredients

Ingredients
4 – 8 anchovies (cured, from a jar). finely diced
1 can 28 oz plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), crush by hand.
1/8 cup capers
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed and diced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup Italian black olives (infornate preferred) – hand-pitted
1/2 cup fresh basil (loose)
1 or 2 bay leafs
salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil
1 cup white wine (Pinot Grigio)
3/4 cup water
Juice from 1 small lemon or 1/2 large
1-2 fresh hot peppers or peperoncino fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – spice is essential to a Puttanesca!

Tuna (or salmon) option
1 fresh fillet or 2 cans of Tuna (preferably) or salmon

Directions
1. In a medium to large dutch oven, heat 3 tbsp olive oil and sauté the onions, garlic and crushed peperoncino fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) tn the hot oil. Cook for about 2-3 minutes (or so), waiting until the garlic begins to brown ans the onion turn slightly translucent.
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Onions, garlic & hot peppers

2. Add the finely diced anchovies and cook until they begin to soften and break up.  At this point, if you are going to add the tuna fish, it’s the best time to do it. Cook for about 5-minutes.
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Anchovies

3. Add the capers and pitted olives, let cook for 3-5 minutes before adding the wine.
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Black olives and capers #homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Dry white #wine

4. Once the wine comes to a simmer, cook for another 3-5 minutes and then add the crushed tomatoes. Cook for another 5 or 10 minutes or until the sauce begins to bubble.
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Hand crushed tomatoes

5. Once the sauce is simmering and bubbling add the bay leaves. Let cook for 3-5 minutes before adding one cup of water.
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Bay leaves #homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Water

6. Once the dance comes to a simmer again add some salt, pepper and the basil.
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - S&P + basil

7. Finally, add the lemon juice and let cook for at least 10-20 minutes. Taste test and add salt and/or pepper as needed
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio - Lemon juice

Puttanesca is traditionally served over spaghetti with breadcrumbs instead of cheese.
#homemade #Sugo ala #Puttanesca #CucinaDelloZio

Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

May 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

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  1. […] We LOVE the ”whore’s-style spaghetti.” This fragrant, spicy, bitter, sweet, and salty tomato sauce (Sugo alla Puttanesca) is one of our favorites! Check out our recipe here! […]


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