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Getting Slutty Over Spaghetti alla Puttanesca


As the name suggests in Italian it literally means “Spaghetti a la Whore”! Was this dish then created to allow ladies of the night to have a quick meal in between jobs? There are a lot of stories as to how it got its name, but one of the most common is that it was a dish that the working girls could quickly prepare between customers. Another version is that is was cooked in brothels so customers would be lured in by the enticing aromas.

Here’s the seductive recipe:-


Serves 4


  • 3 Large Zucchini
  • 1 can of cherry tomatoes
  • 100g anchovy fillets (salted or in oil)
  • 100g good quality olives, rinsed. The recipe calls for Gaeta olives, which of course can be green or black. You can leave them whole or stone them and roughly chop. Can always try half green and half black.
  • 50g capers, rinsed and roughly chopped. The salted variety taste better.
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves finely chopped
  • 4 sage leaves, shredded thinly
  • 50g or a good handful of chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
  • 1 chilli or a good pinch of chili flakes)
  • Chopped parsley to garnish
  • Generous serving of Parmesan


1. Using a spiralizer cut your zucchini into long ribbons.

2. Heat the olive oil in a pan with the garlic, rosemary and sage and cook gently for about 1 minute without browning.

3. Add the chili, canned cherry tomatoes, capers, olives, anchovies, oregano and some black pepper and leave to simmer gently for 10 minutes.

4. Tossed the sauce through the spiralized zucchini.

5. Served with the chopped parsley and generous serving of fresh Parmesan. Serve straight away, with plenty of red wine.



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Andrea Skye

Andrea Skye

Brought up in the seaside town of Brighton, I was an avid reader living in a house that was always full of books, fine food and dining. I became a travel writer researching and writing content on health, diet and lifestyle.

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