Monday, March 28, 2011

Slut's Spaghetti

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Pasta Puttanesca/Whore's Pasta or Slut's Spaghetti, as Nigella calls is a super-easy pasta sauce that the "ladies of the night" put together from cans and leftovers in between "entertaining" gentleman callers. I got intrigued by this dish when I saw in one of Nigella's Show on the Cooking Channel sometime ago.

Almost 90% of the ingredients are from cans.As a rule I don't prefer to use canned foods except rarely evaporated milk,crushed tomatoes but for this dish, I made an exception. My hubby who came into the kitchen while I was in the midst of opening all the jars asked me if I can't make this dish with fresh ingredients. If I did I couldn't call this as Slut's Spaghetti or Could I? Sending this as an entry to Forever Nigella - Ciao Italia event hosted at Maison Cupcake.
  • 2-1/2 Cups Hunt's Canned Tomatoes
  • 5 Pieces Canned King Oscar Brisling Sardines
  • 1/4 Cup Black Pearl Pitted Black Olives
  • 5-6 Sclafani Pimento Stuffed Spanish Manzanilla Olives
  • 4 Pieces of Dole's Pineapple rings, roughly cut
  • 4 B&G Hot Cherry Peppers( or as needed) along with the Vinegar Brine from the bottle, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 Pound Colavita Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, roughly minced
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt as needed

    • In a steel skillet warm 3 tbsp of oil,add the minced garlic,chopped onions, sliced green peppers and sardines. Saute until the sardines are crumbled and the onions and browned.
    • Pour 2-1/2 cups of canned tomatoes and chopped hot peppers along with the vinegar brine its been soaking in. Sprinkle very little salt and lid the pan. Cook for about 10 minutes or so. Meanwhile, salt a huge pot of water and bring to a roiling boil.Add the pasta and cook till "Al Dente"
    • Add the olives and pineapple to the skillet and stir gently. Check for salt before throwing in the pasta.

    • Serve hot and watch it disappear.
    • The Pimento stuffed olives are extremely salty. So go easy on the salt.
    • When adding the hot peppers make sure to add the vinegar brine to the sauce. It adds a unique taste to the sauce.
    • For a completely vegetarian option skip the sardines.
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    1. This is one of my favorite pasta dish...yours look delicious n yummy!

    2. the name totally cracked me up...only Nigella can come up with stuff like that ;)
      yea even i prefer to use fresh ingredients, even though im soooo tempted 2 use canned ones...once in a while

    3. Wow I love them, specially the olive on the spaghetti...
      I am here for first time, happy following you..


    4. pineapples and olives with spagetti!...looks like fun and different!...Definately on to try list!
      Smitha's Spicy Flavors

    5. Spaghetti looks yummy and delightful. Great preparation.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    6. Even if you don't usually use stuff out of cans, puttanesca is fabulous! I've not seen with pineapple before but I eat pineapple on pizzas so I'm sure it works very well here! Thanks so much for joining in with Forever Nigella 3. Ciao!

    7. It may be mostly canned foods but, you can see the flavor in these photos. This looks amazing.


    8. Delicious and looks inviting..makes me hungry

    9. Wonderful and delicious dish with all my fav olives..looks scrumptious.

    10. Delicious n mouthwatering....looks really yum...

    11. Name itself sounds absolutely interesting..Wat a yummy pasta, just drooling..

    12. un joli plat appétissant et délicieux
      bonne soirée

    13. Looks delicious...mouthwatering...thanks for sharing.

    14. tempting...Never used sardines...Sure do want to try it...

    15. this post really cracked me up - cos i think we foodies can go to any length when it comes to a justhaveto make recipe... even one that's as eyecatching as slut's sphagetti. hahahaha... i loved the post and could actually imagine you standing about with cans to make this... i'll definitely make the veg version ;)

    16. I had read abt it being called whore's pasta in a cookbook long time back but it was coz it uses too many ingredients and Italians like to keep it simple!

      Now here is a toltally new tale for the same old pasta :)

    17. Can't say I am huge fan of the name of it, but the pasta looks quite yum and sumptuous!

    18. I made Pasta Puttanesca recently too. So quick, easy and delicious!


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