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Puttanesca or Kalamata Kwik Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Puttanesca or Kalamata Kwik Sauce

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"This is a great quick pasta sauce, full of flavor. Ladle onto short pasta with a generous spoonful of Pecorino Romano cheese. This is not intended to be a sauce that you smother the pasta in. If the fresh tomatoes aren't garden fresh and full of flavor I would consider omitting them from the recipe."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a small saucepan, saute garlic, onions and red pepper. Stir in sun dried tomatoes, capers and oregano. Add fresh ripe tomatoes and kalamata olives. Cook covered for about 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 12, 2003

This was fabulous !!!I sauteed 2 boneless chicken breasts ,(flattened with a mallet),and then put about 1/2 cup of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish then put the chicken on top and then the rest of the sauce.Cooked about 25 min. in oven at 375*Served with linguine and lots of parmesan. My husband is a retired chef, he said keep this recipe where you can find it to cook again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2009

This was too hot. I think I am pretty tolerant of spicy foods but this was just too dog-goned hot! I would cut the pepper flakes to 1/2 tsp. & then it might be good.

Aug 04, 2003

Excellent! Very spicy with that much red pepper flakes - weaklings might want to cut it in half. I used oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes and was able to omit the olive oil from the recipe and it worked great!

May 04, 2006

This was a great recipe -- very tasty. I doubled the recipe and it was barely enough for 4 people, even if you are not trying to smother the pasta. I would recommend quadrupling it if you are planning for 6-8 people and/or leftovers. Also, start light on the oil and then add more if needed; mine turned out a little oily. Also, if you don't like really salty dishes, I would start light with the olives, and then add for flavor as needed. I put fewer in than the recipe noted, but didn't taste it until I had too many and was a bit too salty. Finally, I had never cooked with crushed pepper, and a little goes a LONG way. If you are feeding this to kids, definitely hold the crushed pepper. Also, sprinkle a little, then taste -- and repeat if necessary, otherwise, you will be surprised! Overall -- great recipe with very fresh ingredients. :)

May 17, 2006

It's truly delicious! I added a jar of roasted red bell peppers and some extra capers.. The pecorino cheese is the best choice. Using whole wheat penne pasta is a great choice for this hearty sauce

Jun 05, 2006

One word...Fantastic!!! Tried this tonite and luckily had everything in the pantry and fridge but vine-ripened tomatoes. Sorry, Giuseppe, but I used a good brand of canned diced tomatoes and the sauce turned out beautifully! Will try it with fresh tomatoes as soon as we get some this season in our area (southern Ohio valley). This recipe is restaurant quality and one of the very best pasta sauces I have ever tried! Had the peccorino romano cheese on hand and it definitely finished the sauce. I sauteed some chicken tenders in extra-virgin olive oil and added them last minute to the sauce; over linguine al dente it was heavenly! Thanks for a keeper~

Mar 20, 2006

Delicious! Doubled the recipe and tossed it with linguine. After plating, I topped each serving with a grilled tuna steak and a good dusting of pecarino romano cheese as suggested (don't use the domestic parmesan). PERFECT combination of flavors and hubby thought it was a gourmet Italian meal.

Mar 04, 2005

We had to make this sauce after reading and watching the "Series of Unfortunate Events." This was a great recipe, very quick and easy. My kids and everyone loved it, and it was extra fun for the kids after hearing about it in the book. I did add one can of tomato sauce just to give it a litte more body (and hide the fresh tomatos from my older daughter who only eats tomato sauce and not tomatos). I also added only a small pinch of ground red pepper...just enough zing without burning little palets. It was great!


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  • Calories
  • 182 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 463 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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