Recipe of the day – Gennaro’s spaghetti alla puttanesca


“This beautiful, punchy, authentic pasta recipe can be rustled up in no time. ”

Serves 4
Cooks In 15 minutes
Difficulty : Super easy

Nutrition per serving

Calories       457    23%
Fat               10g     14%
Saturates   1.3g       7%
Protein     15.7g    35%
Carbs        74.7g    29%
Sugars        1.4g      2%

Of an adult’s reference intake


  • 400 g dried spaghetti
  • olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves , peeled and finely sliced
  • 3 anchovy fillets , chopped
  • 2 fresh red chili , sliced (seeds in)
  • a small handful of black olives , destoned
  • 2 handfuls very ripe cherry tomatoes , halved
  • a small bunch of fresh basil , leaves picked
  • Parmesan cheese , to serve


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then add the spaghetti and cook according to packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, place a large frying pan over a medium–high heat. Add a good lug of olive oil, followed by the garlic, anchovy and chilli. Tear in the olives and stir for 2 minutes, or until the garlic starts to turn golden and the anchovies melt into the base. Add the cherry tomatoes, a good splash of pasta water and cover with a lid. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cherry tomatoes start to cook down slightly.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving a cupful of cooking water. Add the basil to the sauce along with the pasta and a splash of the reserved cooking water, to loosen. Have a taste and season if needed. Transfer to a serving platter and top with a good shaving of fresh Parmesan.