30 mins or less · dinner · pasta puttanesca · week night

Weeknight Dinner continues….

Its the same old story… Work, tired, home, cook, eat… Damn the routine just keeps getting mundane by the day…

But as I mentioned earlier, one has to eat really…. I mean you cannot go hungry.. atleast I cannot…

Yet I always like to keep it simple, one pot, one bowl thing you know… Just put something together quickly and you really do not need to fret about cleaning afterwards.. Just a Pan and a couple of spoons to wash…

The thing is by the time I reach home it is almost 7 ish… Then all I cant think of is quickly get something ready and eat… I couldnot be bothered to go all elaborate…

This is when Pasta comes so so so handy.. Thank God for its invention… I mean boil, and meanwhile just put some sauce together, season and your meal is ready.. How easy can that be…

Dinner last night was the same as well…

Slut Spagetti as it is called or Pasta Puttanasca.. (Why do they call it that, it is believed that prostitutes in Naples use to prepare this aromatic sauce to lure customers and another story goes that these were so easy to make that Prostitutes could cook and eat quickly, in between customers…. What ever it is I simply love the sauce and since I am not particularly fond of anchovies, I use mushrooms instead and they just turn out delightfully yummy..

Pasta Puttanesca (Vegetarian)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • One medium red onion chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives (simple black olives or any other ones)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • dash salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive brine
  • 1can crushed tomatoes
  • Handful of mushrooms roughly scliced
  •  Spaghetti pasta ( 200 gms)
Sautee the garlic and onion in olive oil for a minute or two. Add the basil, capers, mushroom olives and red pepper flakes, and cook for another two minutes.
Meanwhile set water to boil with salt in it.. Once it boils over, add the pasta.

Reduce heat to low, and add the brine and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for at least fifteen minutes. Serve hot over cooked pasta. Sprinkle parsley leaves

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