Hussy Pasta

Hussy Pasta (Cravings of a Lunatic)

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Yah, I thought so!

This pasta is basically a riff on a simple Pasta Puttanesca. If you know what Pasta Puttanesca is it translates to whore’s pasta. It has salty tones in it from the capers and it has fragrant tones in it from the garlic. Typically most people make it with anchovies but this family is not huge fans of anchovies so I made some tweaks. We are huge fans of onions and shallots so I decided to swap those in for the anchovies. I figured it would give some additional kick to the sauce and let me tell you this gal loves a good kick in her sauce. As always I left out black pepper, my regulars know I abhor the stuff. If you like it feel free to toss some in. Just don’t invite me for dinner if you do.

While I still have your attention I’d like to let my fellow Canuck readers know that myself and Isabelle of Crumb are holding a fabulous giveaway thanks to Aurora Importing. We’re giving away 2 tickets to see Lidia Live in Toronto on February 10th. So if you are in or near the Toronto area please enter. Not only do you get to see Lidia but you can meet up with myself and Izzy. We’ll even pose for silly photos if you provide enough wine. Heck, forget the wine, we’ll hang out and take photos with you just for fun. It’s sure to be a blast. All I ask is everyone cross fingers for me since I’m making the 4 hour trek on the 401 to be there. If you would like to enter scroll on down to the bottom of the post to throw your hat in the ring.

I’d also like to invite you to stop by Aurora Importing to enter to win 1 of 3 signed copies of Lidia’s Favorite Recipes. This is her newest cookbook and I’m just itching to get my hands on a copy myself. Aurora Importing’s newest post is all about Lidia talking capers. So myself and Isabelle got in on the caper action. I have a recipe on their site right now called Caper and Chorizo Pizza. Isabelle from Crumb has a recipe on their site called Spaghetti al Limone with Fried Capers and Seared Scallops. If you scroll to the bottom we’ve got a little side contest going on to see whose recipe you all like better (mine) or Isabelle’s (don’t do it folks) and the stakes are us getting our own signed copy of Lidia’s cookbook. If you all can’t choose I say vote for both of us and maybe we’ll have a tie. That way maybe we’ll both get a book, or we can videotape ourselves arm wrestling for it. You decide (me), but really no pressure (mine) at all, just vote for who you want (me).

Okay so now that I’ve regaled you with shocking pasta titles and thrown down the arm wrestling gauntlet let’s get to the Hussy Pasta already.

pasta puttanesca

Hussy Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6

Hussy Pasta

A simple and quick pasta recipe with a ton of kick.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil (I used 3 regular olive oil and 1 basil infused oil)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 14 oz tomatoes (cut up) or tomato sauce (I used sauce for speed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste (blech!)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • Parsley to taste
  • 1 package of spaghetti noodles

Instructions

  • In a large saute pan over medium low heat pour in your oil and heat till it glistens.
  • Add your onion and shallot. Cook until they start to get a golden colour. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes depending on your stove. Still often. Add more oil if it gets too dry.
  • Add your garlic and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes more.
  • While the garlic is cooking put on a large stock pot full of water and bring that water to a boil. Add salt.
  • Add the tomatoes/sauce to the onion/garlic pan and bring it to a bubble.
  • Add your capers and spices. Stir well.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime pop your noodles in the water. Cook until al dente, which is typically about a minute less than the package says.
  • Reserve a cup of pasta water for the sauce.
  • Drain the noodles but DO NOT RINSE. There is flavour in there. Do not send that flavour down your drain people!
  • Transfer the noodles to the pan with the sauce and stir well over low heat.
  • Add pasta water as needed to bring the sauce together. Add a little at a time, you can always add more but you can't take away. Always a good rule of thumb for pasta water.
  • Make sure you stir it all up and turn off the heat.
  • Add your parsley to taste.
  • Serve with a big old Hussy smile!

Notes

Source: slightly adapted from Nigella's Slut's Spaghetti

You can dial back the garlic if you like. We like tons of garlic in our household but not everyone does. Half or quarter it if need be.

You can also dial back the onions or spice.

You can add anchovies or olives. You typically find them in this type of sauce. We just don't care for them.

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Pasta Puttanesca aka Hussy Pasta

To enter to win 2 tickets to see Lidia Live in Toronto on February 10th you must leave a blog comment below telling me what your favourite kind of pasta is. Easy peasy!

For additional entries you can do any or all of the following:

Leave a comment on Aurora Importing’s post. Make sure you pop back here and leave a comment saying you did so.

Follow Cravings of a Lunatic by email. Button that says Subscribe via email. Leave a comment with your email addy so I can verify.

Follow Isabelle from Crumb by RSS. Leave a comment here letting me know you did so.

Like Aurora Importing on Facebook. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

Like Cravings of a Lunatic on Facebook. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

Follow Isabelle of Crumb on Flickr. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

Follow Aurora Importing on Twitter. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

Follow Cravings of a Lunatic on Twitter. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

Follow Isabelle from Crumb on Twitter. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

Follow me on Pinterest. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

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Follow Aurora Importing’s Youtube channel. Stop back here to let me know you did so.

Tweet about the giveaway. Make sure you tag @AuroraImporting, @CravingsLunatic and @Izzbell in the tweet. You’ll have to get creative to fit it all in.

Stop by Aurora Importing and tell them which of the two recipes you like better (mine). If you like mine (you totally should) or Izzy’s (not mine, don’t do it) just shout it out on their page. Then pop back here and let me know you voted. I promise I won’t go check to see who you voted for until this is over. I wouldn’t want to sway (me) the vote (me) or anything (me), that would be wrong (Izz). I would never do such a thing (vote for Kim).

Contest is open to Canadians. Contest ends this Friday, February 8th at 5 pm. Please make sure you include contact info in case you win. We will contact you at precisely 5:05 pm on Friday so you have time to make plans and dust off your best get into trouble shoes. Draw will be done by random.org. If winner does not respond by midnight Friday evening we will have to redraw since the event is Sunday. As always please leave additional comments for each entry otherwise they count as one entry. More comments, more entries. It’s drawn by a random number generator so each comment counts as one entry!

Giveaway winner is Chelsea, entry #25. Congrats to Chelsea and thank you to everyone who entered.

Okay so go vote for me. Not Izz!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Comments

  1. 1

    Love this! Two foods I love-capers, chili flakes and pasta. Whoops-that’s three.

  2. 2

    Love the name! Gotta make this over the w/end.

  3. 3

    My mom’s homemade lasagna is my favourite pasta!

  4. 4

    I commented on Aurora Importing’s post saying that I would try to make the pizza with capers.

  5. 5

    I already subscribe via email avalen66 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

  6. 6

    I already follow Aurora Importing on Facebook

  7. 7

    I already follow Cravings of a Lunatic on Facebook

  8. 8

    I already follow Aurora Importing on Twitter – @avalen1

  9. 9

    I already follow Cravings of a Lunatic on Twitter – @avalen1

  10. 10

    I follow Aurora Importing on YouTube

  11. 11

    I am now following Isabelle from Crumb on Twitter – @avalen1

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  13. 13

    I like capers with smoked salmon -yum

  14. 14

    Your pasta looks brilliant my friend :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  15. 15

    ahhhh, and the race is on!! This is going to be fun….but what a tough decision! Pizza or Pasta!!!??? Especially these 2 lovely versions you and Izz came up with! Ayayayayay, let the games begin! Great post Kim. Lovin’ the love!

  16. 16

    Mmmm………love pasta…….anyway I can get it!! Aurora Importing rocks! And of course you do too!! :D

  17. 17

    I understand this will be riotous weekend terrorizing Toronto, so it’s good that you’ve warned folks you are coming. :) Nigella’s Slut Pasta is one of my favorites and I like your rendition with the extra onions and shallots.

    Not that I am anywhere close by, but I’m curious. You’d let an expat win the tickets, right? If they lived nearby but weren’t Canadian?

  18. 19

    My favorite kind of pasta is gnochi. :)

  19. 20

    Puttanesca is one of my favorites! I love anchovies.

  20. 21

    My favourite pasta has to be the ultra creamy comforting carbonara my best friends mom makes for sleepover brunches. It’s perfection. I’ve also done all of the following:

    * Followed Cravings of a Lunatic by email. Button that says Subscribe via email – i’m twilight.sapphire [at] gmail [dot] com
    * Followed Isabelle from Crumb by RSS.
    * Followed Aurora Importing on Twitter. I’m @destiniya
    * Followed Cravings of a Lunatic on Twitter.
    * Followed Isabelle from Crumb on Twitter.
    * Tweeted about the giveaway & tagged @AuroraImporting, @CravingsLunatic and @Izzbell in the tweet.

    • 22

      Hey Niya. The draw is done by a number generator so if you leave the comments all in one spot it will only count as one entry. Sorry about that. But it’s the easiest way for me to draw a number. If you want extra entries just pop back and leave the others. I’ll be installing a new giveaway widget this week that will make this stuff way easier. But I wanted to give you a heads up in case you want to make the most of your entry. Kim

  21. 23

    I love Pasta Puttanesca, so of course I like any variation of it. Good variation, although I do miss the anchovy (not everyone likes them, I realize). Fun stuff! Thanks.

  22. 24

    Yesss. I hate the anchovies in pasta puttanesca but I loooove shallots!

  23. 25

    Favourite pasta: Black Farfalle with Nova Scotia Lobster & Basil Breadcrumbs from one of my favourite restaurants!

    For additional entires, I have also:

    1. Followed Cravings of a Lunatic via email. I have an @rogers.com address.
    2. Followed Aurora Importing on Twitter.
    3. Followed Cravings of a Lunatic on Twitter.
    4. Followed Isabelle from Crumb on Twitter.
    5. Tweeted about the giveaway & tagged @AuroraImporting, @CravingsLunatic and @Izzbell in the tweet. *My twitter handle is @cfcboote.
    6. I have also voted on the Aurora Importing site for my favourite recipe.

    • 26

      Hi Chelsea. The draw is done by a number generator so if you leave the comments all in one spot it will only count as one entry. Sorry about that. But it’s the easiest way for me to draw a number. If you want extra entries just pop back and leave the others. I’ll be installing a new giveaway widget this week that will make this stuff way easier. But I wanted to give you a heads up in case you want to make the most of your entry. Kim

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    Followed Cravings of a Lunatic via email. I have an @rogers.com address.

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    Followed Aurora Importing on Twitter.

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    Followed Cravings of a Lunatic on Twitter.

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    4. Followed Isabelle from Crumb on Twitter.

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    Tweeted about the giveaway & tagged @AuroraImporting, @CravingsLunatic and @Izzbell in the tweet. *My twitter handle is @cfcboote.

  29. 34

    I have voted on the Aurora Importing site for my favourite recipe.

  30. 35

    Hussy pasta! I love it! Kim, you are a scream!

  31. 36

    I would LOVE to win tickets to see Lidia live! I watch her all the time on tv and love italian foods, all of it!!!! Especially love Lidia and her daughter doing the sausage with peppers mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm One of my all time favorites, we make it all the time at our house!

  32. 37

    Love the name of the pasta its sounds frisky. Never thought of eliminating anchovies and putting capers in since I dont like seafood. I must say Lidia you are a fantastic cook everything you do is awsome and seems so easy and you do it with love, but you have to admit the Aurora products make a difference in the cooking without them it wouldn’t taste so Good!!!!!!!!

  33. 38

    Love the name of the pasta. Never thought of eliminating anchovies and putting capers in since I dont like seafood. I must say Lidia you are a fantastic cook everything you do is awsome and seems so easy and you do it with love, but you have to admit the Aurora products make a difference in the cooking without them it wouldn’t taste so Good!!!!!!!!

  34. 39

    I just came for that mouthwatering pasta…no offence to Lidia, but do you have a two tickets to your kitchen because I would love to come! hehehe
    Great recipe with amazing pics, and wonderful giveaway!!!!

  35. 40

    Viva le pasta! Superbe!

  36. 41

    fettuchine alfredo!

  37. 42

    Like you on facebook

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    Following you on pinterest

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    Following Isabelle on pinterest as well

  40. 45

    Voted for you on aurora’s website :)

  41. 46

    I wish this was my lunch :-)

  42. 47
    Sabrina Iorio says:

    My favourite pasta would have to be spaguetti primavera OR Lidia’s hussy pasta :)
    Also, I follow Lidia on youtube via Sabrina I. and I also follow Aurora via Sabrina Minogue Iorio,

    Mille grazieee

  43. 48
    Sabrina Iorio says:

    I like ‘cravings of a lunatic’ on facebook !! via Sabrina Minogue Iorio

  44. 49

    Favourite is homemade lasagna.
    I followed Isabelle from Crumb by email
    Liked Aurora in Facebook
    Liked Cravings of a Lunatic.

    Would love to see Lidia Live in Toronto!!!

  45. 51
    Steven Sinclair says:

    My favourite pasta is pappardelle bolognese….so simple yet so yummy…I eat it at least 3 times a week!! I followed and liked everything I could!

  46. 52

    I love a simple olive oil, red chili, garlic and shrimp linguini pasta. Simple, with a kick. Perfection!

  47. 53

    My favourite is pasta with diced potatoes and garlic. Something i learned from a cute little Sardinian:)

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    Liked aurora importing on fb (lisa dugo)

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    liked cravings of a lunatic on FB (lisa dugo)

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    following aurora importing on twitter. (@masterrockerr)

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    Following Isabelle from Crumb on Pinterest. (user name: masterrocker)

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    Following Aurora Importing’s Youtube channel. (@cosmowanda6)

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    Following Cravings of a Lunatic on Twitter. (@masterrockerr)

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    Following Isabelle from Crumb on Twitter. (@masterrockerr)

  55. 61

    I love spaghettini!

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    Commented on Aurora Importing’s post

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    Liked Aurora Importing on fb

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    followed Aurora Importing on twitter

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    Followed Cravings of a Lunatic on Twitter

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    Followed Isabelle from Crumb on Twitter

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    Brian. DeCarli says:

    I love gnocchi!!! Especially Nonnas

  63. 69

    Merci pour cette recette faite il y a quelques jours. Nous avons beaucoup aimé. Ma préparation est sur mon blog depuis ce matin.
    Bonne semaine, FLaure

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