The history of this bold, savory Italian Sauce is madness......
awe how i love a gripping story.
Do I believe Puttanesca sauce (literally meaning 'ladies of the night' style spaghetti) was attributed to prostitutes creating a quick dish to entice her clients? Say what!?
Or that the chef of a great restaurant was closing, and had nothing to serve the latecomers so he threw whatever he had in a marinara sauce? Maybe...
Then there’s the Ischian painter who created his own Seafood version of Marinara? It’s possible, painters can also cook!
I kind of want to believe it was actually a loving nonna (Italian grandmother), somewhere between the Isle of Ischia and the Amalfi coast, where tomatoes, capers, olives, and anchovies are common...
...who made the dish to provide for her family and nearby workers.
(thanks to Jeremy Parzen whom researched all the NY Times Puttanesca archives).
But if it's more interesting to believe the stories of “The sauce of Prostitutes” then be my guest!
I created my own version of Puttanesca on a day when life my husband and I were too busy, starving, and craving wicked flavor....out came Puttanesca!...Move over Marinara!
Throw in a bowl and Sop it up with a Biscuit!
This sauce is so delicious served in its traditional way with spaghetti or linguini, (meat is not traditionally added), but it’s also flavorful enough to stand alone. You can even throw it in a bowl and sop it up with a biscuit! However on this busy evening, traditions went out the window and I made it with lamb meatballs Moroccan style!
Click for the Puttanesca Sauce recipe.
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