Puttanesca recipe

(108 ratings)

Try our delicious puttanesca pasta recipe

Cooking Time30 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories506 Kcal25%
Fat10 g14%

A tomato-based sauce made with anchovies, tuna, capers and olives, puttanesca sauce is really simple to make.  This fragrant, fishy pasta salad dish is full of fabulous flavour - and only takes 30 minutes to prepare a four portion serving which makes it the perfect mid-week family meal that the whole family will love. You could even use some themed pasta shapes which your kids will go crazy for!


  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • Pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 50g can anchovy fillets in oil, drained and chopped
  • 2 x 440g cans plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 55g (2oz) capers, rinsed well
  • 115g (4oz) pitted olives, chopped
  • 200g can tuna in spring water, drained and flaked
  • Handful basil leaves, chopped
  • 350g (12oz) dried pasta shapes, such as gigli
  • 115g (4oz) half-fat mozzarella, to serve (optional)




  1. Gently heat the oil in a saucepan with the garlic and chilli for 1 min.
  2. Add the anchovies, tomatoes, capers, olives and tuna. Simmer slowly for 20-25 mins or until thickened. Stir in the basil, turn off the heat and season with black pepper.
  3. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and add to the sauce with 1tbsp cooking water. Mix well and serve with a little mozzarella, if using.
Top Tip for making Puttanesca

If you're not keen on the strong taste of anchovies, you can just leave them out - this dish will still taste great.