Pasta Puttanesca: Good Girls Guide to Bad Pasta

And no. I don’t mean sticky, gluey, undercooked, overcooked or otherwise inedible pasta. I mean bad pasta. As in “lady of the night” bad. Whore bad. Hooker bad.

Or as we they say in Italy … Puttana bad.

Yep. That’s right. One of Italy’s most famous pasta sauces gets its name from the run-around wife who, according to one of our Roman friends, would rush home after an elicit love affair and whip up an easy pasta sauce for her husband and children.

Sound crazy?

Well it might be. I tried to confirm the origins of this sauce with another Roman friend who said the name derived from the 1950’s when whore houses were a big business and a brothel’s madam would entice customers to their house with the promise of dinner … then dessert.

Diane Seed confirms this theory in her book Top 100 Pasta Sauces when she writes that “Italian housewives usually shop at the market every day to buy fresh food, but the (brothel employees) were only allowed one day a week for shopping, and their time was valuable. Their specialty became a sauce made quickly from odds and ends.”

Ahhh … Italians.

Well, even if you are a good girl, you can spice things up and make Pasta Puttanesca tonight for your friends, your husband … or your lover.

Here’s the deal.

lent recipes Pasta Puttanesca: Good Girls Guide to Bad Pasta

Ingredients*:
(Serves two)
>> 1/2 pound of pasta
>> 1/4 cup of black olives
>> 1 tablespoon of capers
>> 1 large can of tomato sauce
>> Olive oil
>> Garlic

Directions:

1. Boil pasta in salted water.

2. Lightly saute garlic in olive oil, then add tomato sauce and cook for 10 minutes.

3. Add chopped olives and capers (unless you are lazy like me-then you can just toss them in) and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

4. Add to pasta and serve without cheese.

* The original recipe calls for anchovies (1-3) but since I’m not a fan, I always omit them. If you like, grind them with your fork and add them to the olive oil before you add the tomato sauce.

Buon Appetito!

 Pasta Puttanesca: Good Girls Guide to Bad Pasta

Changes in U.S. refinery capacity, 2001.(Refineries)(Illustration)

National Petroleum News July 15, 2003

Former Owner Location

BP PLC/BP Products North America, Inc.

Mandan, ND Salt Lake City, UT Coastal Corp./Coastal Refining & Marketing Inc.

Corpus Christi, TX Coastal Corp./Coastal Eagle Point Oil Co.

Westville, NJ Coastal Corp./Coastal Mobile Refining Co.

Chickasaw, AL El Paso Corp./Coastal Refining & Marketing Inc.

Corpus Christi, TX Golden Bear Oil Specialties Bakersfield, CA Haltermann Products Channelview, TX Huntway Refining Co. website corpus christi tx

Benicia, CA Wilmington, CA Neste Trifinery Petro Serv/ Trifinery Petro Serv Corpus Christi, TX Pennzoil-Quaker State Corp.

Shreveport, LA Phillips Petroleum Co./ Phillips PR Core Inc.

Guyama, PR Phillips Petroleum Co./ Phillips Alaska Inc.

Prudhoe Bay, AK Sun Co. Inc.

Yabacoa, PR Tosco Corp./Tosco Rifining Co.

Linden (Bayway), NJ Belle Chasse (Alliance), LA Trainer, PA Wilmington, CA Ferndale, WA Rodeo, CA Arroyo Grande, CA Tosco Corp./Tosco Petro Co.

Wood River, IL Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp./Ultramar Inc.

Martinez (Golden Eagle), CA Wilmington, CA Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp./Diamond Shamrock Refining & Marketing Co.

Sunray (McKee), TX Three Rivers, TX Ultramar Diamond Sharock Corp./ TPI Petroleum Inc.

Ardmore, OK Ultramar Diamond shamrock Corp./Colorado Refining Co.

Commerce City, CO

Total Atmospheric Crude Oil Distillation Former Owner Capacity (b/cd)

BP PLC/BP Products North America, Inc.

58,000 58,000 Coastal Corp./Coastal Refining & Marketing Inc.

98,000 Coastal Corp./Coastal Eagle Point Oil Co.

143,000 Coastal Corp./Coastal Mobile Refining Co.

16,500 El Paso Corp./Coastal Refining & Marketing Inc.

98,000 Golden Bear Oil Specialties 0 Haltermann Products 800 Huntway Refining Co.

12,600 5,500 Neste Trifinery Petro Serv/ Trifinery Petro Serv 27,000 Pennzoil-Quaker State Corp.

46,200 Phillips Petroleum Co./ Phillips PR Core Inc.

0 Phillips Petroleum Co./ Phillips Alaska Inc.

14,000 Sun Co. Inc.

45,000 Tosco Corp./Tosco Rifining Co.

250,000 250,000 180,000 131,000 89,000 73,200 41,800 Tosco Corp./Tosco Petro Co.

288,300 Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp./Ultramar Inc.

166,000 78,800 Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp./Diamond Shamrock Refining & Marketing Co. website corpus christi tx

151,000 90,000 Ultramar Diamond Sharock Corp./ TPI Petroleum Inc.

84,400 Ultramar Diamond shamrock Corp./Colorado Refining Co.

27,000

Date Former Owner New Owner of Sale

BP PLC/BP Products North Tesoro Petroleum Corp./ Sep-01 America, Inc. Tesoro West Coat Coastal Corp./Coastal Refining El Paso Corp./Coastal Jan-01 & Marketing Inc. Refining & Marketing Inc.

Coastal Corp./Coastal Eagle El Paso Corp./Coastal Jan-01 Point Oil Co. Eagle Point Oil Co.

Coastal Corp./Coastal Mobile El Paso Corp./Coastal Jan-01 Refining Co. Mobile Refining Co.

El Paso Corp./Coastal Refining Valero Energy Corp./Valero Jun-01 & Marketing Inc. Refining Co.

Golden Bear Oil Specialties Tricor Refining LLC Aug-01 Haltermann Products Dow Chemical Co./Haltermann Jul-01 Products Huntway Refining Co. Valero Energy Corp./Valero Jun-01 Refining Co.

Neste Trifinery Petro Serv/ Trigeant Ltd. Jul-01 Trifinery Petro Serv Pennzoil-Quaker State Corp. Calumet Lubricants Co. LP May-01 Phillips Petroleum Co./ Chevron Phillips Chem PR Dec-01 Phillips PR Core Inc. Core Phillips Petroleum Co./ BP PLC/BP Exploration Aug-01 Phillips Alaska Inc. (Alaska) Inc.

Sun Co. Inc. Shell Chemical Co./Shell Dec-01 Chemical Tosco Corp./Tosco Rifining Co. Phillips Petroleum Co./ Sep-01 Phillips 66 Co.

Tosco Corp./Tosco Petro Co. Phillips Petroleum Co./ Sep-01 Phillips 66 Co.

Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Valero Energy Corp./ Dec-01 Corp./Ultramar Inc. Ultramar Inc.

Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Valero Energy Corp./ Dec-01 Corp./Diamond Shamrock Diamond Shamrock Refining Refining & Marketing Co. & Marketing Co.

Ultramar Diamond Sharock Valero Energy Corp./TPI Dec-01 Corp./ TPI Petroleum Inc. Petroleum Inc.

Ultramar Diamond shamrock Valero Energy Corp./ Dec-01 Corp./Colorado Refining Co. Colorado Refining Co.

b/cd barrels per calendar day; b/sd barrels per stream day

Source: Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Annual 2001, Vol. 1, Table 49.

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Comments

  1. I didn’t know the origin either, we love this dish, so simple, so tasty..

    We love all the ingredients, including anchovies…I always have all this in my cupboard..just in case !!
     
    Isn’t it a funny origin, either way? It was so obvious, yet I never thought of it!
     
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Poppy….. =-.

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  2. the anchovies “sotto sale” are THE BEST. You have to clean them but it takes a second. you only use one or two–it’s totally worth it. and when you melt them in the oil it just adds that little something…

    as for the origins of the name, jeremy (my fiance’) wrote this post a couple of years ago that suggest they may be quite different than we all commonly believe:
    http://dobianchi.com/2008/01/13/the-origins-of-sugo-alla-puttanesca/

    who knew?

    Ahh, interesting. The world may *never* know! :-) Thanks for sharing his post.

    .-= tracie b´s last blog ..Vino in Dialetto, Vino in Poesia =-.

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