Pasta Puttanesca aka pasta in the style of the ladies of the night aka slut’s spaghetti is on the menu today.
If you are unfamiliar with this dish, you may be scratching your head at all this whore talk so early on a Tuesday morning, but let me explain. Pasta Puttanesca is a classic Italian dish where pasta (spaghetti pictured above) is dressed in a sauce made of tomatoes, garlic, olives, capers and red chile flakes. Rumor has it that the ladies of the night would simmer this sauce, and let the aroma waft out of their open windows with the intent of luring men into their establishment for the evening. Others say that this sauce was popular amongst these ladies, because all the ingredients can be stored in the pantry. No need to go to the market to get fresh ingredients between clients!
Whores aside, let’s talk about this version of Pasta Puttanesca. There are many aspects of the traditional dish that are very enticing. Pasta Puttanesca is easy (no pun intended), quick-to-prepare, and can be made with a handful of pantry staples. Here, I’ve added freshness and substance by way of Roasted Cauliflower, freshly chopped parsley and lemon wedges to finish. Cauliflower gets wonderfully nutty when roasted, and this flavor pairs nicely with the olives, capers and tomatoes. Parsley and lemon add fresh hits of green and acid for balance. Each bite is incredibly satisfying. Continue reading for the recipe.