Pasta alla puttanesca

Pasta alla puttanesca, or, pasta with harlot's sauce. This recipe comes from Sean Burke, <>, with annotations and historical additions by Chuck.

Heat water for pasta. Put 4 tablespoons olive oil in a saucepan and sautee onions and garlic over medium heat until onions wilt. Add tomato paste, 1 cup water, olives, oregano, basil and red pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and sautee bread cubes over medium heat, tossing until crisp and golden. Lift onto paper towels and sprinkle with salt; keep warm.

Cook pasta until al dente; drain and toss with sauce. Divide into serving portions and sprinkle with croutons and parsley. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional info: 684 calories; 16g protein; 27g fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 94g complex carbs.; 2 grams dietary fiber; 631 mg sodium; 35% of calories from fat.

Sean's note: "Parmesan cheese is a pathetic, definitely non-Sicilian touch to what is clearly a Sicilian dish. Use cheese only if you are in fact a whore who has no sense of good taste.

"Also note that, aside from the possibility of eggs in the bread, this is a completely vegan dish. Whores couldn't afford meat, get it?"

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