Puttanesca Sauce

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Puttanesca adds several Mediterranean flavors to traditional Italian tomato sauce, including capers, olives, and anchovies.

Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8


1/4 cup olive oil
1 finely chopped medium onion
6 cloves minced garlic
1 chopped bell pepper
2 (28 oz.) cans Roma plum tomatoes, broken into pieces, with juice
1 (14.5 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup pitted and sliced Kalamata olives
2 tbs tomato paste
2 tbs drained capers
2 tbs minced anchovy
1 tsp fresh chopped basil
1 tsp red pepper flakes


In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and lightly caramelized, about 6 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, about 50 minutes.


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