May 31, 2018

Pasta Puttanesca

“Spaghetti alla puttanesca”

The Italians have many dishes you can cook quickly, if you have just returned from work and are starving! One of the most common is Pasta Puttanesca, which roughly translates as “lady of the night”, or in more common parlance, as the working girls dish. Everything you need is usually handy in the cupboard and its saucy, salty and punchy.

Although one place I found said it originated from Rome, (The Oxford Companion to Italian Food), its more usually associated with Naples, the countries third largest city and home to pizza and of sirens so seductive, apparently, that the only way to resist them is to fill your ears with wax and tie yourself to a mast.

This story (not involving pasta) was put to song in the “Song to the Siren”  by Tim Buckley. By far the best version was by This Mortal Coil.

It was subsequently covered 24 times, including by Robert Plant, George Michael and Sinead O’Connor.

To get back to the recipe though, its made by combining anchovies, capers, olives, and optional ingredients like garlic, red pepper flakes, chile peppers, and tomatoes into a truly tasty gravy.

You do not really need a recipe, just combine them in almost whatever way you want, heating them in a pan and then add the pasta to the sauce once that’s ready. Keep some of the pasta water back, to add to the sauce if its all a bit tight. Just a splash usually works.

The clients of Apex Office Centers have time to cook. They relax because their business phone is covered by our professional telephonists. We are more of a family style run company, we share recipes and hits from the ‘80s!

Contact us or better, call us right now on 916-677-4200 to find out more.


by John Tomnay. CEO at Apex Office Centers