Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca

Late summer is tomato season–hooray!  Blessed by vines laden with juicy red fruits, they feature prominently on seasonal menus.  Yes, today’s tomato special is…  Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca. 

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca

I am a member of two CSAs (yes, two!)–a holdover from the days my household numbered six.  As a result, I can find myself with a bit of a tomato overload if the weather is right. 

Excess full sized tomatoes go promptly into the freezer (cored, no other prep needed, the skins pop right off as they thaw).  Others are sliced and dehydrated.  But cherry tomatoes, better suited for munching than cooking, can be a bit more challenging.  

Hmm, how did a hardcore CSA veteran raise 2 out of 3 kids who won’t touch a cherry tomato? 

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca cooking

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca cooking

Lately I’ve been combining cherry tomatoes with cheese and green beans in a delicious gratinata. It’s  amazingly good, but my youngest finally cried uncle. 

Can we stop eating this already and just have some pasta? Done, and done, with Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca. 

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca served

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca served

For those who don’t know the story, legend has it that Pasta Puttanesca was created by Italian “ladies of the evening,” who lured in customers with the aroma. Seasoned with capers, olives, anchovies and a bit of spice, I assume the rich flavor didn’t hurt either!  While usually made with canned tomatoes, it adapts beautifully for simple seasonal eating!  

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca from above

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca from above

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca
Serves 4
A classic goes seasonal with quick Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca, flavored with capers, olives, anchovies and a hint of spice.
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319 calories
59 g
5 g
5 g
11 g
1 g
412 g
351 g
9 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
412g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 351mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 59g
20%
Dietary Fiber 6g
26%
Sugars 9g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
61%
Vitamin C
78%
Calcium
8%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 T olive oil
  2. • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  3. • 1 small (or 1/2 a large) onion, chopped finely
  4. • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried crushed peppers (to taste)
  5. • ½ teaspoon oregano
  6. • 2 -3 pints of cherry tomatoes, halved
  7. • ¼ cup chopped kalamata olives
  8. • 1 Tablespoon capers, drained
  9. • ½ can flat anchovies, mashed
  10. • 1 Tablespoon minced Italian parsley
  11. • pepper to taste
  12. • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta, cooked
Instructions
  1. Sautee onion and garlic in olive oil until just soft.  Add dried crushed red pepper, oregano, tomatoes, olives and capers.  Cook until tomatoes soften but still have some body. Add anhcovies and parsley and combine.
  2. Serve over hot pasta.
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5g
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5 thoughts on “Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca

  1. Juliana

    Yes, I love this pasta, loaded with cherry tomatoes and all the ingredients in it…especially the anchovies…so tasty!
    Have a wonderful week Inger 🙂

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