Puttanesca Sauce is roughly translated to Sauce of the prostitute and is supposed to have originated as it was a quick storecupboard sauce to make a quick, filling meal between ‘clients’ – its peasant food – and in my own little world, peasant food, is some of the best you can find – pickled larks tongues in aspic is all very well, but a good rustic dish will fill you up and wishing you could have more 😉
Puttanesca sauce is usually served with spaghetti, but I have Aldi gnocchi I want to use up, and a mozzarella ball that keeps looking at me when I open the fridge. I have a load of various jars mainly from Aldi, olives, capers and tinned Anchovies.
In a wide shallow pan I add 2 crush cloves of garlic and a glug of olive oil, start to gently cook
half a tin of anchovies (love that Aldi sell them) and add a sprinkle of chilli flakes (use as much as you want – we are wimps 🤣)
Stir in a tin of chopped tomatoes.
You will notice the sauce becoming shinely and glossy, at this point add a handful of chopped pitted olives, a chopped tablespoon of Capers. Season to taste – be sparing with the salt, the anchovies etc will be very salty – a good pinch of black pepper will help though.
Stir in the gnocchi and spoon into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle over torn mozzarella if you have it and into a hot oven (180) for 30 minutes.
A chunk of crusty homemade bread will be a tasty addition 😍
I,ve made bread loads of times, so here,s a Linky