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Folklore has it that puttanesca (prostitute) sauce originated when a resourceful woman of the night cooked up a tasty sauce fast enough to make Perhaps it's lively medley of savory flavors with a bit of heat is intended just to add some excitement & spice to your life. Whatever its origins, we owe a debt of gratitude to puttanesca's originator – it's delicious!

Cathy Katin-Grazzini

Cathy's Kitchen Prescription LLC


Pasta alla Puttanesca

Serves 4-6 Prep time = 30 minutes


1 medium red onion, diced

4-5 cloves garlic, diced

½ nori sheet, toasted & ground

No-sodium vegetable broth to deglaze

1 28-oz can good quality organic whole tomatoes

3 tbs capers

½ cup black olives, gaeta or kalamata, whole (or pitted and coarsely chopped)

3-4 dried arbol or similar chilii whole or ½ tsp red pepper flakes

1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped

1 lb whole wheat spaghetti or linguini

Plate and garnish with additional parsley or basil leaves and/or nutritional yeast



Toast nori over burner with tongs; grind in a coffee/spice grinder

Heat stainless pan medium high for several minutes to heat thoroughly

Dry sauté onions until softened and carmelized

Add garlic and nori, cook for 1 minute, do not allow to brown

Deglaze with a minimal amount of broth to deglaze pan

Lower heat to medium

Add tomatoes and chili, break up with masher or fork, cook for 5 minutes

Add capers and olives, cook for 5 minutes

Taste to correct salt, capers, olives, chilis, as needed

When all flavors are balanced and tomatoes have broken down, turn off heat and stir in parsley.


Heat large pot of water

Add sufficient salt to taste

Add pasta to rapidly boiling water and stir

Stir every few minutes and taste

Do not overcook

Drain, reserving a cup of starchy water


Mix drained pasta into pan with sauce.

Add small amount of starchy cooking water & heat for final minute to allow the starch in the water & pasta to create a thicker, creamier sauce.

Garnish with additional parsley and/or nutritional yeast, as desired.


Buon appetito!

Pasta alla Puttanesca