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>The Italian Connection!!

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Yes, I admit, I love Italian food… Just love it and would give anything to taste olives and capers. So the weekend dinner was Pasta Puttanesca. Now this pasta sauce literally means whore’s sauce and it is believed that Naples where this sauce originated, the prostitutes used the aroma of the sauce to lure customers. This sauce has many varieties and mainly cooked with a combination of spices and anchovies. Now my mum does not do anchovies, so I replaced it with sliced mushroom and it does turn out decent. So here goes the recipe.

Ingredients:

Tomatoes 6 large
Tomato puree- 200gms
Garlic cloves 10 medium sized
Onion- 3 finely chopped
Mushroom- 300gms thinly sliced
Red Chillies (de seeded and chopped)
Capers-4 teaspoons (drained)
Olives-10-12 (halved)
Basil4-7 leaves
Parsley fresh preferably or dried
Pasta (spagetti or tagliatelli-400gms)
Olive oil
Salt
Parmesan cheese

Method:
Blanch the tomatoes and then de skin them. In a blender whisk the tomatoes. Add them to a sauce pan. Add the tomato puree along with the basil leaves and freshly ground pepper. leave it to simmer on low heat. Take a skillet , add some olive oil, gently sauté the garlic and when the turn golden add the onions. Fry the onions till they are golden brown. Throw in the  mushrooms and chopped red chillies. When all the ingredients have mixed. Add the tomato sauce that was cooking before and add half a cup of water and salt. Then leave it to simmer in low heat for 25 mins.  Then add some more freshly ground pepper. Then add the capers and olives along with a 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Meanwhile set water to boil add some olive oil to it. When the water begins to bubble add the pasta and boil it for 10 mins (should take up to 10 mins if the pasta is good quality). Once it is ready mix the sauce with the pasta, garnish with parsley (chopped or dried) and Parmesan cheese.
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