Food, Lifestyle

Pasta Puttanesca

July 24, 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe here on my blog so I thought to share one of my favourite pasta recipes to date. I’m a huge pasta fan and I’ve grown up on pasta prepared in million ways. Being raised in a small city on the Croatian seaside, which was heavily influenced by Italy and Italian cuisine, I can proudly say that I had a privilege of eating the best pastas through my whole childhood so I have a very fine taste when it comes to how I like my pastas and sauces that come with it.

Pasta Puttanesca is very simple, rich in flavour and one of the staple recipes in Italian kitchen. Here is my version of this well known recipe which I’ve adjusted to my and my family’s liking. If you try this recipe at home, let me know, I’d love to hear if you’ve liked it. 🙂


For this recipe that serves two adults, you’ll need:

*Spaghetti pasta

*2-3 cloves of fresh garlic

*1 chilli ( won’t use the whole )

*50 grams of anchovies

*1 tbsp deseeded and chopped up black olives

*2 teaspoons of capers

*200 grams of cherry tomatoes (roast them in the oven for a little bit beforehand)

*dried thyme, pepper, olive oil, basil


To prepare:

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. I love Garofalo pasta and it took 10-11 minutes for my spaghetti to be cooked al dente. In a frying pan, warm up your olive oil, add chopped up garlic cloves, bit of 1 chilli’s chopped end (tip) and anchovies which you have previously took out of the can, discarded the oil and have chopped them up into smaller pieces. Simmer the ingredients for 1-2 mins until garlic releases it’s aroma and anchovies start to “fall apart”. Add olives, capers and cherry tomatoes which you’ve previously cut up in half and have slightly roasted in the oven for 10 minutes on 200°C. Simmer everything in the pan for 1-2 minutes and then add your spaghetti to the pan and mix it well with all of the ingredients. Add a small drizzle of olive oil, add dried thyme and pepper to taste, stir once again to combine everything well and take your pan off the stove.

Serve with grated Pecorino cheese or crumbled feta cheese and basil leaves.


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  • Reply nancy July 24, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Sound delicious. Can you eat a salade with that, because i am missing vegetables

    • Reply natali karppinen July 24, 2015 at 8:20 AM

      Of course! You can make a simple, light summertime salad that consists of chopped up lettuce, cucumber, peas, bell pepper, some spring onion, drizzle with some balsamico, olive oil and splash of lemon juice and you’re good to go. 🙂

  • Reply Suzy July 24, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Looks yummy and doesn not seem too difficult to make.
    Thanks for my today’s dinner inspiration! (:

    ♥ Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ♥


    • Reply natali karppinen July 24, 2015 at 8:21 AM

      No probs Suzy! Thank you for reading and commenting. 🙂

  • Reply ana July 24, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    omg it´s look so yummy

    • Reply natali karppinen July 24, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      Thanks Ana! It’s as yummy as it looks! 🙂

  • Reply B July 24, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    looks so yummy ;p

    • Reply natali karppinen July 24, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      Thank you!

  • Reply Matea July 24, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Uf što je i ja volim, sad bi si je najrađe skuhala da nisam tako lijena 🙂
    Nema do pašte, najbolja hrana na svijetu! 😀

    • Reply natali karppinen July 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM

      Hahah 😀 Ja i ti bi trebale na jedan tour de pasta u Italiju! 🙂

  • Reply Ailén July 24, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Love the food!!



    • Reply natali karppinen July 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM

      🙂 🙂

  • Reply Ivana July 24, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Volim <3 Uvijek sam za tjesteninu i rižota… talijanska kuhinja mi je jedna od držih tako da, mljac, mljac! 🙂

    • Reply natali karppinen July 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      I meni isto! Bas volim onu pravu, starinsku talijansku kuhinju. Ove moderne, “brze” verzije talijanske kuhinje su bljuv!
      Puttanesca je jedna od rijetkih brzih pasta koje su jako ukusne!

  • Reply Danielle July 24, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    This pasta looks delicious! thanks for sharing!

    • Reply natali karppinen July 25, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Thank you Danielle for commenting! 🙂

  • Reply Natalia July 24, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    This looks delicious! I’ve never been able to cook pasta the right way because on the other side of the world, we lack that knowledge. Now I have the tools to change that thanks to you!


    • Reply natali karppinen July 25, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Awww, thank you Natalia, you’re so kind! Good luck with this recipe!

  • Reply raya July 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Italy indeed has the best tasting pasta! I’m not able to cook the pasta noodles, it’s such a struggle always but hopefully this time I can make it. Thanks for sharing such informative post, hoping to try this weekend with the fam! :*

    Take care and have a great weekend!

    • Reply natali karppinen July 25, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      Thank you for reading and commenting! I hope that you will test this recipe and that it will turn out right for you!
      It’s really an easy but so delicious and satisfying one. 🙂

  • Reply ivana split July 25, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    obožavam kad podijeliš s nama recepte…i fotografije hrane su ti uvijek fantastične!

    • Reply natali karppinen July 26, 2015 at 11:04 AM

      Puno ti hvala na podrsci, komentarima i na citanju! Uvijek mi izvuces smjesak na lice. 🙂

  • Reply marusha July 25, 2015 at 2:16 AM

    Moram isprobati! Izgleda jako ukusno i ne preteško za pripremiti! Hvala što si podijelila s nama!

    • Reply natali karppinen July 26, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      Hvala na citanju! Nadam se da ces testirati recept jer je bas kako si rekla, jednostavan za pripremiti a jako ukusan!

  • Reply Viktoriya July 26, 2015 at 4:48 AM

    Looks super delicious!

    • Reply natali karppinen July 26, 2015 at 11:03 AM

      Thank you! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Mia July 26, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Great post! This sounds and looks delicious! 🙂
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    • Reply natali karppinen July 26, 2015 at 11:03 AM

      Thank you Mia! 🙂

  • Reply Borka Gamero July 26, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Kisses from Miami,

    • Reply natali karppinen July 26, 2015 at 11:03 AM

      Thanks a lot dear!

  • Reply Jule July 26, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Looks so yummy. I must try this recipe!

    • Reply natali karppinen July 26, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Thank you! I hope that you’ll like it!

  • Reply christina July 27, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    Loooks good, yummi!

  • Reply P&F July 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    YUMM!! This looks delicious!
    Gorgeous picture!

  • Reply Malena July 29, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Looks Yummieeeee!!!

    X Malena

  • Reply Avanti August 4, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    This looks delicious! Craving pasta right now 😀


  • Reply Salome August 12, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    You look gorgeous as always! I’m loving this romper

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