Here is another dish that is guaranteed to warm you up this winter, Nigella Lawson’s Slut’s Spaghetti.  Spaghetti alla puttanesca originated from the island of Ischia in Southern Italy, made with a combination of cooked tomatoes, anchovies, garlic, black olives, chilies, and olive oil.  Puttanesca is derived from the word puttana, a colloquialism for “prostitute”.  Might I add, it is a very easy and a fairly cheap dish to make!




  • 1 package of spaghetti
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 t. chili flakes
  • 8 anchovies
  • 1/3 c. chopped black olives
  • 2 T. capers
  • 1 and 1/2 c. strained tomatoes (I love the Pomi brand)
  • 1 T. fresh parsley

Boil a big pot of water to cook the pasta.  Add a little bit of salt to the water.  In a wide pan, sautée the anchovies in the olive oil until it has almost melted then add the garlic.  Toss in the garlic, capers, and pour in the tomato sauce.  Let is simmer gently until the pasta water is ready.  When the pasta is almost done, reserve a cup of the boiling liquid.  Put the drained pasta and a little bit of the water into the sauce and turn up the temperature a little bit.  Let it simmer together.  Add the fresh parsley right before serving.  Enjoy. 🙂


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