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Spaghetti Puttanesca


By Fredrica Syren:

I’m a huge pasta fan and have loved cooking it ever since my 3-week driving trip in Italy with my husband before we got married. I love all varieties of a really good pasta sauce with developed flavor.

This is a very kid friendly recipe for a puttanesca sauce, which is a tomato based sauce with flavors of chili, olives and capers. Even if, like my husband, you don’t like olives, you will like this sauce because the olives are there mainly to add flavor. My kids absolutely love this recipe, and I always serve it with a side salad and some garlic bread.

Spaghetti for 4 people, cooked according to directions. (Reserve some of the pasta water.)

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oilPasta puttanesca
  • I can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. capers
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp. chili flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 8 black olives, pitted
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Sauté garlic, oregano, chili flakes, olives and capers for 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar, and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and parsley, and toss with drained pasta until completely coated. If sauce seems dry, add a bit of the reserved starchy pasta water.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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