Koen and I are almost finished with The Sopranos (we’re on Season 6!) and one constant throughout the series is all of the Italian food I didn’t realize exists! It doesn’t matter if we’re watching scenes in Artie’s restaurant or the homecooking by Carmella, everything looks so delicious! Growing up I ate Americanized Italian food, meaning my mom’s spaghetti and lasagne, maybe some manicotti and cannelloni, but never anything really authentic. I did a google search for Italian sauces and pastas and am now really inspired – you’ll notice a theme during the coming weeks with my new recipes.
My first of the new Italian recipes is Spaghetti alla puttanesca, or literally Whore’s Spaghetti. How could I pass up on making a dish with such a funny name? For this dinner I used Nigella Lawson’s recipe for Slut’s Spaghetti. As Nigella explains, “The general consensus seems to be that this is the sort of dish cooked by slatterns who don’t go to market to get their ingredients fresh, but are happy to use stuff out of jars and tins.” The result is a deliciously salty pasta sauce thanks to the anchovies, olives, and capers.
For a bit of geography, this dish comes from the Campania region of Italy, home to its capital Naples and Pompeii, Capri, Mount Vesuvius, and the Amalfi Coast.