I love pasta. And so does my littlest – in fact, most kids love all kinds of pasta. So should parents because it’s of the easiest kitchen staple to work with AND because you can hide so many good for you ingredients in any given pasta dish AND because you can make random dishes and call them whatever you want.

But this isn’t a random dish, it’s a tried and true Italian favorite. With a twist.

Pasta Puttanesca is an absolutely deliciously spicy and flavor-FULL dish.

Unless you hate anchovies. Then it just makes you wanna turn tail and run to someone else’s house for dinner. But here’s the dish… For every item that a kid or spouse doesn’t love in puttanesca sauce, there’s a substitute that still brings the flavor.

Check out this recipe, along with substitutions, and meet your new favorite Italian pasta!


Pasta Puttanesca
Pasta Puttanesca made with spaghetti squash and tuna


  • 1 package Angel hair pasta
    • sub spaghetti or spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 anchovy filets
    •  sub sardines or a can of tuna
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • sub diced jalapeño or cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
    • sub green chopped olives
  • 1 handful of black olives
    • sub kalamata olives
  • 1 package can of diced tomatoes



  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. While that’s working, using a medium pan with high sides heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the anchovies and red pepper flakes. Saute until the anchovies start to break up – 1-2 minutes.
  4. Reduce your heat a bit (medium-low), add the garlic & onions and saute for 1-2 minutes. Stir constantly to make sure the garlic doesn’t scorch or burn.
  5. Add the capers, olives, and tomatoes. Simmer until flavors are all combined – about 5-10 minutes max.
  6. Drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the pan of puttanesca sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

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