Slutty No Carb Pasta

So did you know that Spaghetti alla puttanesca is an old school Italian recipe translated as “spaghetti a la whore”. Yeh I’m not even lying! The recipe has been around forever. People argue about where the name came from; my favorite explanation is that it was popularized by prostitutes and mistresses making it for their clients as a midnight snack, as all of the ingredients are usually on-hand. I like it because it’s spicy, fast and easy (no disrespect to the ladies).

For that reason and that reason alone, I’m making this often. Almost weekly even.

Slutty No Carb Pasta

Serves 4


Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil, garlic, anchovies, and crushed pepper.

Sauté mixture until anchovies melt into oil and completely dissolve and garlic is tender, about 3 minutes.

Add olives, capers, tomatoes, black pepper, and parsley.

Bring sauce to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.

While sauce is bubbling, spirals zucchinis. Cook in a pot of salted boiling water for aprox. 4 mins or until tender. Drain.

Toss sauce with cooked zucchini noodles and serve immediately. (please note, the longer this dish sits out, the more watery it gets).


3 courgettes (zucchini)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tin flat anchovy fillets, drained

1 /2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

20 oil-cured black olives, cracked away from pit and coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons capers

1 (32-ounce) can chunky style crushed tomatoes

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

A few grinds black pepper

¼ cup (a couple of handfuls) flat leaf parsley, chopped

Entrée, SaucesSara Nelson