Pleasing Pasta Puttanesca

I hide it well on this site.  I aim for variety, so I avoid posting too many of these.  But you should know, my friends, that I am a short skip away from being addicted to pasta.  It’s just SO easy to make!  *Lowers head in shame*  I’m even considering giving it up for Lent again this year.  I did this 2 years ago and it sucked.  At least I have one more day to make up my mind!  (Oh, by the way, Happy Fat Tuesday!)

I rock at making a killer pesto pasta.  I consider it one of my safety dishes (dishes I never screw up and are tried-and-true crowd pleasers).  After trying this recipe, I think I have a new dish to add to that very short list!  This pasta puttanesca was picked out of Spitler & Yoakam’s 1,001 Best Low-Fat Recipes.

It has all of the makings of a great keeper recipe: it’s easy, colorful, flavorful, and the ingredients are readily available and reasonably cheap!  The sauce consists of onions, garlic, Canadian bacon, a couple of cans of diced tomatoes, green olives, basil and crushed red pepper.  I really didn’t think it would come together quite as nicely as it did.  Don’t get me wrong, the combination sounded good, but both Ian and I were surprised by how delicious this sauce proved to be.

Great for a weeknight supper or for a group a friends, this pasta puttanesca pleased this hungry apprentice 🙂

Posted on March 8, 2011, in Pasta and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I completely understand the pasta appeal/addiction. Which other food guarantees a hot meal in ten/15 minutes? My putanesca has anchovies too, but I think that would turn it… not low fat.

  2. Hi Rocio, Sorry I haven’t stopped by in a while, it’s been crazy here. Anyways, there is no shame in eating and making lots of pasta dishes. It’s also my go to when I feel lazy or don’t have a lot of time to cook. It is so versatile and delicious, I wouldn’t want to give it up 🙂

  3. Oooh, this looks goooood. I’m such a pasta addict, too – especially for puttanesca and amatriciana. Here’s a deal: you bring the pasta, I bring the cupcakes, and we can have a super carb fest. 🙂

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