This is a recipe that I got from a very early issue of Domino magazine (RIP). I've since doctored it up a bit and, in my opinion, improved it. Here it is, with a few extra ingredients:
1lb. spaghetti (alas, we had none but made do with penne)
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2c pitted chopped black or kalamata olives
1t crushed red pepper
1T or so capers, drained
4 sprigs fresh parsley, stems removed and chopped
2 sprigs fresh oregano, stems removed and chopped
1/2lb hot sausage cooked and drained
s+p to taste
|Gone but not forgotten|
crush or half 4 garlic cloves and let sit in
1/4c olive oil
Cook pasta according to package directions
Combine tomatoes, olives, parsley, oregano, red pepper, capers. Remove garlic, add oil to bowl. Add drained spaghetti and sausage. Toss well. Serve immediately.
If you like Italian food and you like spice and you like Jimmy Dean, then this is the Holy Trifecta. Its even better the next day. Don't you love recipes that do that?
*FYI: After a little internet research, I found that Pasta Puttanesca does not actually mean 'very few ingredients.' If fact, it roughly translates to "whore's pasta." It is called this because it is made up of "leftovers" that were quick and easy for the "Puttanas" to throw together in between clients. And that's your history lesson for today. You're welcome!