Classic Puttanesca

// Classic Puttanesca

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

13-14 mins

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to preserve fresh summer tomatoes

Puttanesca is a flavorful fusion of tomatoes, salty capers, briny olives, umami-packed anchovies, and garlic. Simplicity shines with this recipe: toss everything into the Anyday dish, and let the magic happen! When pasta meets sauce in the Anyday dish, a beautiful thing happens: with just the right amount of water, the pasta soaks up all those delectable flavors. Whip it up while you prep a salad (and perhaps uncork some midweek wine), achieving a gourmet dinner in under 20 minutes.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon sliced olives
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup (115g) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 oz (150g) spaghetti
  • 1 ¼ cups (300ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • Fresh basil, for garnish (optional)
  • Grated parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)


  1. Place all the ingredients in the Anyday dish and stir to combine.
  2. Cook uncovered for 13-14 minutes, or until fragrant and the pasta is al dente.
  3. Toss pasta to incorporate all ingredients. Garnish with fresh basil and grated cheese, if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If you don’t like anchovies, add miso to provide extra umami.
  • Add a tablespoon of pesto right before serving for even more flavor.
  • Stir in some ricotta cheese for a creamy and light flavor combination.

Recipe notes

  • Add a tablespoon or two of water if the pasta is too thick.
  • Opt for capers in brine rather than salt-packed capers. Otherwise, the dish might be too salty.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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