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Recipe Detail

Puttanesca Sauce: A Mediterranean Delight

Reviewed by Susan Canonico, RD

A classic Mediterranean treat, puttanesca sauce is a delicious and visually pleasing way to flavor your chicken and pasta! 


  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 dried red chili pepper
  • 1 cup of oil-cured, pitted, coarsely chopped black olives such as Gaeta
  • 6 anchovy fillets soaked in water for 5 minutes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 lbs of ripe, peeled, chopped tomatoes or use 1 28-ounce can of whole tomatoes with juice
  • 3 tablespoons of packed, minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of drained capers
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Crush the pepper with the back of a spoon and stir it in with the olive oil and garlic.
  3. Cook together until the garlic has only a hint of browning, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the olives, drained anchovies, and dried oregano and cook for about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes, crushing them between your fingers as you add them to the pan.
  6. Simmer the mixture until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the fresh, minced parsley and capers.
  8. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper to taste.
Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 2.7g 13%
Cholesterol 26g 8%
Sodium 1788g 77%
Total Carbohydrate 129g 43%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 11g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Enjoy puttanesca sauce served over chicken as a main dish or whole grain pasta as a delicious and healthy side dish!

To reduce the sodium in this recipe, you can exclude the anchovies and capers.