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Conchiglie Puttanesca (Based on Sopranos' Family Cookbook)

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“I love this because it's a simple, rustic dish that's so quick and easy to prepare. I made this for my son's European Cuisine Day at school, and I had kids coming back for 4ths and everyone clamoring for the recipe! Of course, I didn't feel the need to tell the students about the anchovies. Ha ha!! It also did not dry out in my Crock-Pot set on Warm for 2 hours, but please note that I put the sauce and pasta in it after they had cooled. This is a family favorite for us, and we hope it becomes one for your family as well. Manga!”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 6 quarts of water to boiling. Add salt to water, if desired.
  2. In the meantime, in a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being very careful not to overcook it.
  3. Add tomatoes, oregano, basil, thyme, and salt (if desired). Simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens somewhat.
  4. Once water is boiling, add conchiglie and cook until "al dente" or according to package directions, draining well (See Notes).
  5. Add olives, capers, and anchovies to sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in red pepper flakes.
  6. If serving immediately, add drained conchiglie to sauce, toss until pasta is well coated, and serve.
  7. NOTES: I omitted the added salt because the olives, anchovies, and rinsed capers made it plenty salty! For a spicier flavor, either increase red pepper flakes or add to sauce with olives, capers, and anchovies as cooking longer will increase the heat.
  8. If you want to serve the puttanesca later, allow it to cool. Rinse and drain the pasta well. Then, add the puttanesca and pasta to the Crock-Pot. Mine stayed moist and warm for the 2 hours I warmed it.

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