Spaghetti Puttanesca for One…

Love in a bowl…

There’s something quite wonderful about being home alone, just myself to please and my own whims and fancies to indulge… It means strong salty flavours, preserved fish, anchovies, smoked mackerel, salmon and carbs.  There’s a whole lot of love wrapped up in a dish for one, and this spaghetti puttanesca sums it up for me… accompanied by a glass of red wine and ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ for company… Heaven!



1 onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp mixed herbs

2 tbsp chopped anchovy fillets

Beautiful puttanesca bubbling in the pan…

1 Large handful kalamata olives

1 can plum tomatoes

1 large handful chopped parsley

1 tsp maple syrup

Black pepper to taste

75g dried spaghetti

Olive oil


1) Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add a pinch of salt once its boiling and add the spaghetti.  Stir as the spaghetti cooks to avoid sticking.

2) Warm 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan on the hob.

3) Finely slice the onion, crush the garlic and add to the pan along with the chilli flakes, mixed herbs, crack of black pepper and 1 tsp maple syrup.

4) Once the onions and garlic have softened, add the tin of plum tomatoes, anchovy fillets and kalamata olives.  Crush the tomatoes as you stir.  Add a little water to the tomato can to gather the last of the sauce and add to the pan as the puttanesca reduces.

5) Once the sauce is soft and slightly reduced, stir through the chopped parsley.

6) Serve immediately over the cooked, drained pasta and add grated parmesan if required!

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3 thoughts on “Spaghetti Puttanesca for One…

  1. Hi Lauren, hope you are well, definitely sounds like heaven! I have seen the film but will have to add the book to my wish list. I imagine you don’t get many evenings completely to yourself so certainly have to make the most of them. I struggle sometimes recently with making the effort to cook a proper meal with lots of fresh ingredients if on my own, need to get my mojo back x

    1. Oh the book is so worth reading! Especially if you like the film… You wont have a choice when you’re bounty comes in later this year… you’ll have so much veg you’ll be souping for England! I’m only just beginning to look forward to courgettes again!!! xxx

      1. Haha, I can’t wait for then and I definitely know that will help! Can’t wait to have lots of fruit and veg in the kitchen or just up the road to hand. I manured the huge blackberry bush I inherited on the plot yesterday so hoping for tubs full along with the raspberries I planted xx

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