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How To Make Spaghetti With Easy Puttanesca Sauce

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Spaghetti with Easy Puttanesca Sauce

Serves 4

Recipe by Christine Byrne


1 lb spaghetti

1/4 cup olive oil

1 large yellow onion

1 1/4 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, divided

6 cloves garlic

1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

2 5-oz cans chunk light tuna in water, drained

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/4 cup parsley leaves, thinly sliced


Cook spaghetti according to package directions, until al dente. Drain through a colander.

Coarsely chop the onion, garlic, and 1 cup of the green olives. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan with a lid over medium heat, and add chopped onions. Cook until onions are start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add chopped olives and garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes. Add diced tomatoes (don't drain them, add the liquid as well), and stir everything together. Cover and bring the mixture to a simmer, then add canned tuna, and simmer for 2 minutes, covered, until the tuna is heated and the tomatoes have started to melt.

Transfer the mixture to a blender, season with salt and pepper, and puree until smooth. Wipe out the sauté pan, return it to low heat, then add the pureed sauce and the cooked spaghetti. Toss to coat.

To serve, thinly slice the remaining 1/4 cup green olives and the parsley leaves, and sprinkle on top of the pasta.

For this recipe, you'll need a large sauté pan with a lid and a large pot to cook the pasta.

A sauté pan is different than your average skillet because it has tall, straight sides. You can get one here. Any stock pot that's at least 8 quarts will work, but a 12-quart pot is your best bet. Get a simple one here.