Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tagliatelle with Puttanesca Sauce

In Italy, Puttanesca Sauce is known as "Whore's Sauce." This is because in the days of yore, prostitutes were required to cook a meal for their "customers". This was a quick and easy meal for them to make. If you like olives, you will love this sauce, and you don't have to be a whore to eat it!

12 oz. cooked Tagliatelle, or thick Spaghetti
5 large cloves garlic, minced
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
2 TBSP. capers, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
Freshly grated Parmesean or Asiago Cheese

Coat a large saucepan with EVOO and heat on med-high heat until a haze forms. Saute garlic until soft but not brown. Add wine, and cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Add remaining ingredients, except for basil and cheese, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Toss cooked pasta in pan with the sauce, and top with basil and cheese to taste.

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