Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is a traditional Italian pasta dish from the Naples, where they are also simply call this dish “aulive e cchiapparielle” that is, olive and capperi. In fact, the Puttanesca Sauce is prepared mainly with these two ingredients and tomato sauce. Please note that only the Roman variation of Pasta alla Puttanesca wants anchovies to be also added, but today we will prepare together the authentic recipe for Naples Spaghetti alla Puttanesca that is without anchovies.
Curious about the name of the recipe? You can roughly translate “Puttanesca” with the term “call girls” and it is said that this dish originated in the brothels of Naples and was created to draw in customers with its tempting aromas. Another story suggests it was a simple meal that was easy for the ladies of the evening to prepare quickly.
Pasta alla Puttanesca is just one of the most beloved traditional Italian dishes, such as the Spaghetti Carbonara, the Spaghetti allo Scoglio, the Spaghetti all’Amatriciana and the Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe!