Monday, January 21, 2013

Spicy Shrimp Puttanesca

I have a confession... I am not Italian.  I am just a Sri Lankan girl that loves PASTA!  I am also fascinated with this pasta called puttanesca.  The fact that it's named after "ladies of the night" and it's full of the most robust flavors makes me want to just dive right into the pot and eat my way out.   I made this Shrimp Puttanesca and my husband ate it for three meals.  I loved it.  My kids loved it (although they did not appreciate the olives and capers as much).  Hey... they will learn to love it someday because I am going to make this again and again.  :)

1 lb pasta (I prefer linguine) cooked al dente
1 lb shrimp (cleaned)
1 (2oz) can of anchovy fillets in olive oil
5-6 cloves of garlic minced or grated
2 Tbs of olive oil
1 cup black olives (drained and pitted)
2-3 Tbs capers
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 onion diced
2-3 jalapenos sliced
1 cup starchy pasta water
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
red chili flakes (to taste)
salt (to taste)

Boil pasta in well salted water just shy of al dente and set aside.  Before draining pasta remember to reserve one cup of pasta water.

In a large pan, heat 2 Tbs of canola oil then add all the anchovies with their oil as well.  Allow anchovies to melt as they cook.  Then add onion, jalapenos, red chili flakes and garlic and saute for a minute. Next add the shrimp and tomatoes.  Smash tomatoes as they cook so they burst and release their juices.

Next add the pasta water, olives and capers. Taste sauce for salt and add as needed.  Add pasta and toss with sauce.  Allow pasta to cook to al dente in sauce.

Add Parmesan cheese and toss well.   Serve hot.  Enjoy.

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  1. This shrimp puttanesca looks divine. My family love pasta so much I make it at least twice a week. Thanks for sharing this so I can have something new to make this week. :) My baby girl adores olives. I'm sure she'll love this pasta.

  2. I love this pasta!
    I always do a vegetarian puttanesca for my friends!!
    It´s realy yummy :)

  3. I shouldn't have looked at this 2 hours before lunch...cause now my stomach is growling! I love spicy food so, naturally, I'm attracted to this dish by just looking at the jalapenos on top! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Valley Chow

  4. I have to admit that I'm not a huge caper fan, but that looks so good I bet I could get over it and do some bowl-diving with you. :) It looks and sounds delicious.

  5. I love lighter pastas, looks delicious!

  6. Oh my gosh, this is calling my name BIG TIME! Gorgeous photos too!

  7. And you make such a great pasta! We all love pasta here and we are not Italian too. :D Looks yum!

  8. I LOVE this recipe of yours my friend, it looks so delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Ramona you get to be an official Italian after this post (coming from one heehee I most definitely approve!) I love the bright colors and hearty look of this dish - for the winter this would be an awesome weeknight meal :D


  10. I'm not a fan of anchovies, but this pasta sure looks delicious!

  11. Wow that looks good Ramona. You Rock!


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