Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca Sauce

An easy and quick tomato sauce that goes well with spaghetti or other pasta. Cook a pound of spaghetti and there is enough for 4 people. You can cook this in advance and even freeze for later use.
Cuisine Camping
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 anchovy fillets.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz/796 ml)
  • 1/2 cup green olives.
  • 2 tbsp capers rinsed and drained.
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic, oregan, ree pepper flakes and anchovies stirring occasionally and cooking until the garlic slightly browns. About 3 minutes.
  • Mix in the tinned tomatoes, olives and capers.
  • Bring everything to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • When the sauce has thickened to your likeingadd the chopped parsley.


If you can’t get anchovy fillets then substitute with 2 tsp of anchovy paste.
Originally we used tinned whole tomatoes and, during the summer, Roma tomatoes from the garden. If you go this route you’ll need to break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon during cooking.
If you want to prepare this in advance of a camping trip it freezes well. Just wait until you are cooking your meal before adding the parsley.
If you can’t get or don’t like anchovies then there are plenty of substitutes. The best substitute for anchovies varies by dish. Worcestershire sauce or Maggi are good options. Other substitutes include fish sauce, shrimp paste, sardines, soy sauce, miso, capers, or kalamata olives. Miso paste is especially good if you are vegetarian or vegan.
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