Pasta Puttanesca, or the dish of the whores as my husband loves to call it.

Yeah, you read the right. I said whore. As in hooker. And if we’re getting specific, we’re talking about Italian hookers.

Rumor has it this dish was made by whores back in the day to bring in the customers. Apparently a pot of simmering pasta in tomato sauce made the men want to come in for a bite to eat and a quickie.

Sounds about right.


My best friend in Charlotte isn’t much of a cook. She works her booty off during the day and she’s lucky to have a husband who is a master in the kitchen. So after a long day at work she comes home to a home cooked meal.


Jon made this dish for me on a visit I took to North Carolina years ago. I couldn’t stop talking about it or eating for that matter and now I request that he makes it every year on their annual trip to Park City over Christmas. I’ve watched him make a few times, I’ve texted him with questions, and I still don’t think I make it like he does. But that’s ok because mine is just almost as good.


This quick and easy puttanesca has become one of my go to dinners during the week. I can throw this sauce together in the time it takes to boil and cook pasta. Dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes. Take that Rachael Ray.


Jarred marinara, I use my own that I can during the summer, gets a facelift with capers, olives, garlic, chili flakes and some basil. It’s pretty amazing that just a few ingredients can kick up the flavor of a jar of marinara is just a few minutes. I think it’s the chili flakes and the brine from the capers and olives that really make the difference.


We usually keep it vegetarian but some grilled shrimp would be an awesome addition to this.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and an even better week.

I must MUST give a shout out to my baby who turns two today. I love the crap out of him and he makes my world a better and brighter place. Happy Birthday little man!

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19 Responses to Weeknight Pasta Puttanesca

  1. Flavia says:

    Bravissima! You’ve made this Italian proud! I love this dish!

  2. Bev Weidner says:

    a) Happy Birthday, little guy!


    c) Wait….I take that back.

    d) Maybe.

    e) Why won’t I backspace that?

  3. Happy Birthday to your son! This pasta looks so delicious 🙂

  4. Wish I had canned marinara this summer too. Next summer! Your pasta looks fabulous!

  5. Kalyn says:

    Happy two year old birthday! I love this dish, although I heard that they whores couldn’t leave their posts to buy fresh ingredients so that’s why they came up with this sauce made from canned things!

  6. Beautiful food for a chilly winter night!

  7. Maria says:

    I am all about comfort food lately. This looks perfect!

  8. Deborah says:

    A-MAZ-ING! Give me a big bowl of that, and I’m a happy girl!

  9. Karista says:

    Hahaha! Love this post. Laughed so hard my eyes geared up!

  10. Karista says:

    Oops. That’s teared up.

  11. beti says:

    pasta puttanesca is really delicious I’ve never made it but you make it seem so simple to do it

  12. Aggie says:

    Favorite pasta ever! I could live off this. Seriously.

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