Puttanesca Sauce with Rigatoni Pasta

A delicious sauce actually wonderful with any pasta... we just love the rigatoni with this one!

1/4 cup olive oil
6 cloves minced garlic
 2 pounds of fresh plum tomatoes put through food processor (remove stems first and cut off the tops, add whole) or 2 (28-ounce) cans Roma plum tomatoes, broken into pieces, with juice
1 cup tightly packed, pitted, and halved Kalamata olives or use black olives
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons minced anchovy fillets (about 8 fillets) or use anchovy paste around 4 ounces
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed basil
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
Optional : Add 2 cups of shrimps tails off, 10 minutes before sauce is cooked... another great pasta dish!

1 pound Rigatoni pasta, cooked to al dente or use your favorite pasta

In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients and simmer until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, about 40 minutes. Adjust seasoning, to taste, cover and set aside. Add pasta to the pan and toss for 1 minute.


My first plum tomatoes... and yes I am a proud mama! I just love growing my own herbs and having a garden... it was my dad's favorite hobby, so it's up to me now!
I just love basil! Had to share some of my newest additions, I grew them from seeds, first in the house and transplanted outside. I have oregano, basil, Italian parsley, cilantro,  mint, tomatoes and  planting some zucchini now... enjoy your day~
Please visit my good friend Shelby, I had this recipe on her site as a guest post a few weeks back... she has marvelous recipes @Grumpy's Honeybunch~


Melynda said...

Claudia this is my favorite sauce! There is a small Italian cafe just around the block from us, and when we go, this is what I order. There are so many wonderful things to pick from, but I always chose this. Enjoy your day, and Happy Easter.

ARLENE said...

Looks delicious. I confess I've never eaten puttanesca, though I do enjoy anchovy in Caesar salad. Came home from a week away to find my gorgeous basil plant dead and gone. Can't wait until I can plant my herb garden on the kitchen porch.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This looks wonderful and I'm so jealous that you're picking your own tomatoes already! I won't even be planting until the next week or two. Enjoy! Happy Easter:@)

StephenC said...

I'm not a fan of kalamatas, and have yet to find my favorite green olives since moving to DC. They are castelvetrano and are very lightly brined and bright green in color. Your photos are really lovely.

Snap said...

Looks delicious! I'm having trouble with my tomatoes ... or rather they are having trouble with the weather -- it got hot too quick! Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

Parsley Sage said...

Your tomatoes look fantastic! You're so lucky :) The sauce is brilliant...i swear I can smell it through my computer.


Italian is my very fav! Love this reipe, thanks for sharing the recipe. Your veg garden looks great and so nice to just pick right from the garden to cook...we used to have a big veg garden when we lived in a big house with lots of land! Enjoy it then!
Happy Easter

Chloe said...

Yum. Looks amazing!

Torviewtoronto said...

flavourful looking pasta
it is lots of fun to use vegetables that are planted right :)

Claudia said...

Your plum tomatoes are perfect! Just a wee bit jealous... but happy for you because you will make good use of them. I love that sauce and could just dig in. I missed having pasta this Easter.

The Tablescaper said...

This looks sooo delicious!!! Hope you're enjoying your Easter.Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

redkathy said...

Congrats on the green thumb! Wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Easter. I'm wishing I had a plate of that Rigatoni!

Victoria said...

Easily one of my favorite sauces for pasta!! I usually go with penne, but I agree, it's fabulous with any shape :)

Swathi said...

Pasta with homemade sauce perfect. Love dinner then.

Magic of Spice said...

Your tomatoes and basil look so happy and amazing. I am so impressed that this gorgeous basil was from seed...very nice! And the puttanesca, such a great classic, looks wonderful!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

Your puttanesca sauce recipe sounds so delicious Claudia! I haven't used rigatoni for so long and must do so soon! I agree with you about growing your own veggies in your own garden! Like you, I'm carrying on my grandparents' traditions from the Midwest farmlands.

Tina said...

Thanks for posting such a delicious sauce and your garden photos are lovely. I made a note to retrive this one-I am overrun with basil and this recipe has a tasty use for it.

Belinda @zomppa said...

And fresh from your garden!

Eliotseats said...

Putting this recipe away for future reference--like when I have ripe Romas from the garden and lots of basil. Thanks for sharing--looks delicious.

Anne said...

This looks wonderful. I am a big pasta fan! And your pictures are great! : )