From The Archive: 2011

From starting university, to making the decision to leave (and winning my first blog award) - the year of 2011 was a big one for me- and I finally moved back to London to intern and dedicate a little more time to the blog...

Lifestyle Recipes

What Olivia Cooked: Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

(check out the swish recipe name!)
I thought I’d share another one of my go-to recipes today, as it’s super duper easy- and once you get to know it, takes literally about half an hour, which is good when you’re tight for time and looking for something good and healthy to eat!

I was told this by my boss at an Italian restaurant I work for (after being a slightly demanding pest), and although it usually includes some sort of fish (usually tuna or anchovies) I have adapted it simply using veg and herbs, which is more suited to my taste- but I’d love to hear if any of you tried it differently!

(p.s sorry this recipe looks visually the same as my last, it’s not i promise!)

You Will Need:

– 1 x Medium Red Onion
– 1 x Jar of Capers (available in supermarkets, I usually use about half the jar as they’re quite salty!)
– 2 x Garlic cloves
– 1 x box (is that what they come in?) of Olives
– 2 x dried chillies (or fresh ones if you like it hot!)
– 1 x selection or packet of herbs
– 2 x tinned tomatoes
-(Optional- tomato purΓ©e to thicken the sauce)
– Some salt & pepper for seasoning
– Garlic Bread if desired
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1. Chop your onions and crush your garlic (if you don’t have a garlic crusher chop your garlic into small pieces, although beware garlic causes smelly hands eww).
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2. Add the onion, garlic and your chillies to a frying pan (olive oil optional) and leave to fry for about 5 minutes.
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3. Add your capers and olives, and continue to fry until your onions are soft and slightly golden.
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4. Add your two tins of tomatoes, and add purΓ©e if mixture is a bit ‘runny’ (clearly, I do not talk chef)

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5. Whilst this is all being done, put some water in a saucepan to boil, ready to add your spaghetti/and or put your garlic bread in the oven
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6. Add your herbs, and seasoning to your mixture, and leave on a low heat to simmer whilst your spaghetti cooks (follow packaging on spaghetti as necessary).
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7. Once spaghetti is ready, drain away the excess water and serve up. Add your sauce to your spaghetti- and enjoy! Bon Appetit!
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