Spicy Pasta Recipe

This is a variant of the Puttanesca recipe- the name of this healthy pasta dish originated in Naples after the local women of the night.
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Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time1 Hr 0 Min
Ready In1 Hr 15 MinDifficulty LevelVery Easy
Health IndexHealthy++Servings2


 Tomatoes/Use two 28-ounce canned tomatoes, drained and crushed6 Cup (96 tbs), boiled, peeled and crushed
 Olive oil1 Tablespoon
 Dried red pepper flakes1 Teaspoon
 Capers1 1⁄2 Tablespoon, drained, rinsed
 Black olives3 Tablespoon, chopped
 Garlic1 Tablespoon, minced
 Fresh basil leaves2 Tablespoon, minced
 Penne pasta1 Pound (Dried)
 Parmesan cheese3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), grated

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1220 Calories from Fat 235

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 27 g40.9%

Saturated Fat 7.4 g37.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 25.5 mg

Sodium 899.4 mg37.5%

Total Carbohydrates 193 g64.5%

Dietary Fiber 16 g64%

Sugars 23.4 g

Protein 48 g96.5%

Vitamin A 115.8% Vitamin C 132.6%

Calcium 58.1% Iron 36.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, red pepper flakes, capers, olives, garlic and basil. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

2. Cook the pasta in rapidly boiling water until al dente. Drain well.

3. Toss the hot pasta with the tomato mixture. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.