Howdy troops, and a happy Friday to you all.
This recipe comes courtesy of Jamie Oliver, although I know Nigella has an equally good recipe, and I love that she gives hers the rather playful name of Sluts Spaghetti. You might be wondering, so I’ll explain the reasoning behind the naughty name, besides the fact that Nigella probably quite likes the effect it has, the Italian name Spaghetti alla Puttanesca literally translates as “whore’s style spaghetti”. Perhaps the name is given for the pungent, slightly spicy note, or the immense saltiness of the dish. Either way, it’s an indulgently gratifying meal that I quite enjoy making when I’m home alone, all the more for me. I’ve made this a few times now, and as much as I’d like to keep it to myself, I thought it was high time I shared it. And, I always make enough so I have leftovers for lunch the next day.
You should definitely take Jamie’s advice of adding some of the pasta water to the sauce to loosen it. We Brits have a tendency to make ridiculously thick pasta sauces, which are certainly not authentically Italian. There are two things here, the first being that adding starchy water will help the sauce cling to the pasta, making it doubly tasty. And, the second is that it acts as an emulsifier and helps to loosen everything up a little.
Having discovered this amazing recipe, I’m certainly going to spend some more time researching authentic Italian pasta sauces. I feel I could have more appreciation than I currently do for Italian food. God bless you Jamie Oliver for helping me to discover that Italian food is more exciting than I perhaps anticipated.
Jamie suggests garlic ciabatta with this dish which accompanies it perfectly, for my recipe click here.