How to Make White Puttanesca

Posted by Kathy

It's funny because I didn't even know that there actually is a recipe named White Puttanesca until a certain random and unplanned cooking session by my apartment mate. She was actually cooking a red-sauce pasta when she had leftover noodles and capers. She didn't know what to do with it and asked if my chef brother-in-law ever happened to have leftover anchovies. When I went to check on the fridge, he indeed had a can left! And so she thought of putting together the anchovies and capers and the leftover noodles and whoala! I had pasta nirvana while eating it! My apartment mate didn't know what to name it. She also didn't know that the White Puttanesca name existed.
White Puttanesca Pasta

After that incident, I would look for pasta with capers and anchovies in it. It was practically obsession, I could easily say. I went to an Italian restaurant and asked the waitress if they had any pasta with capers and anchovies. She said yes and that it was called Pasta ala Puttanesca. That's what I ordered and went on pasta nirvana for the second time. I went home and told my friend that I already had a name for her pasta - White Puttanesca and put it on my food blog in post entitled Home Made Pasta - White Puttanesca. Later on I would make my own Puttanesca, the red one. But that wouldn't be for another blog entry. For now, here's my friend's recipe for White Puttanesca. She also wrote it about and called it Pasta ala Capers & Anchovies.

White Puttanesca Ingredients
  • 500 g Pasta
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 1 can Anchovies
  • 1 cup Green capers


Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 11 minutes (pasta) + 5 minutes (tossing in with other ingredients)
Eating time: 1 minute.LOL!


1. Heat olive oil
2. Add anchovies
3. Add capers
4. Mix while heating for about 3 minutes
5. Add in cooked pasta
6. Mix them all together
7. Serve and garnish with fresh basil (optional)

That's it! Enjoy your White Puttanesca!

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