Monday, February 11, 2008

Pasta Puttanesca

Saw this recipe on Ellie Krieger's "Healthy Appetite" on the food network about a week ago. Made it, loved it. I don't know how closely it resembles the traditional Italian version, but it was great. It could be made vegetarian if you omit the anchovie paste. Just maybe add a little extra salt (not too much because the olives and capers are salty).

8 ounces whole-wheat thin spaghetti, vermicelli or angel hair
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup pitted chopped Spanish or Greek olives
2 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, preferably "no salt added"
3/4 cup chopped fresh arugula
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the directions on the package.


While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over a medium flame. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the parsley, olives, capers, anchovy paste, oregano and crushed red pepper to the skillet, and saute for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the arugula and simmer for 1 minute more, until the greens wilt slightly.

When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the skillet, tossing it with the sauce to combine. Top with grated cheese.

Nutrition Information
Nutritional analysis per serving Calories: 283
Total fat: 6 grams Saturated fat: 2 grams
Protein: 12 grams Carbohydrates: 47 grams


Eric and Katie said...

That does look good. We love a good Puttanesca, we'll have to try this one. Hey, thanks for linking our blog, Nashville Restaurants. We'll do the same with yours. Kate likes the Vegetarian section.

Natalie said...

Awesome! I just moved here last summer, and I'm so excited to find a source of decent restaurant tips.