“Healthy homemade snacks when you're on the go”
“ slut's spaghetti ”
apparently, how it earned its name, having been favoured by
prostitutes and women of leisure too preoccupied to make it to the
market early for fresh ingredients.
Everybody loves pasta. But too many people rely on sugar laden sauces-in-a-jar when it comes to eating the stuff. Which is a shame because spaghetti puttanesca, or “slut’s spaghetti” as the ever-subtle Nigella calls is, is one of the easiest cupboard ingredient dishes you could make.
Which, of course, also makes it perfect for students.
There’s no messing around with fresh basil or mushrooms, which go downhill quickly after a day or two in the fridge, and no need to pick through a forgotten bag of onions looking for the most edible. In its most basic form, this puttanesca recipe has only five ingredients, and the “fancy” version still only requires seven. This makes the dish easily up-gradable in times of plenty and cut back down to basics when money is tight.
The basic ingredient list (with some money saving hints of mine) is:
Spaghetti – 100g (Tesco sells 500g of spaghetti for 20p)
Tomato purée – one tablespoon (40p from most supermarkets)
Easy/cheat’s Garlic – one teaspoon (although more expsenive than cloves at around £1.50, its’ super easy and lasts ages). You could make this product yourself, extremely cheaply, by buying a huge tub of dried garlic and soaking them in vinegar
Anchovies – three or four fillets (a small tin usually contains around 12 fillets and is 70p)
Black olives - Small handful, sliced thinly (a tin of pre-sliced black olives is 75p)
To upgrade the dish, you’ll need:
Capers – one or two teaspoons, cut in half (if you can be bothered, if not just crush them with the flat of a knife)
Parmesan – 20 or so grams, grated or shaved with a vegetable peeler (more of a suggestion, as any hard Italian cheese will do). Most supermarkets now have their own generic version of hard Italian cheese half the price of “proper” Parmesan.
If you can find them, tinned cherry tomatoes also make a great upgrade for the tomato purée. Tesco do a can of finest cherry tomatoes for 90p.
There you have it. You can now make Puttanesca, which sounds impressive if people don’t know how easy it is. I wouldn’t exactly call it a healthy meal, but it beats a frozen pizza in terms of after-dinner shame. It’s cheaper too.