Pasta Puttanesca

There is something I love about eating dinner with people.

Which is actually kind of Β weird, because I’m usually so picky about my food, but I really love having a feast with friends. Maybe it’s because I miss dinners with my family, but I just love having a house full of people! Lucky for me, some friends and I get together every Thursday for a potluck.

I was hosting this week, and the theme was Italian!

I kicked around some ideas of what to make. I was just going to do a basic pasta + marinara + cheese kind of combination, but I wanted to do something a little less… expected. But I’m also not brave enough to try a totally new recipe when I have a houseful of people. Thankfully, I remembered the Pasta Puttanessca dish I learned how to make at the Mise En Place cooking school!

I’ll re-post the recipe, in case you missed it. (I also made some tweaks, so it’s a little different than the last time.)

Pasta Puttanesca
A twist on the previous recipe from the lovely ladies at Mise En Place

  • 16 oz of linguine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup parsley (or you can substitute 1 tbsp of dried parsley)
  • 1/2 cup chopped olives
  • 4 tbsp capers
  • 1 qt cherry tomatoes (halved, about 2 cups)
  • 2 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over a medium flame. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add the parsley, olives, capers, oregano, red pepper and saute for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 min. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt.

Then just add your cooked pasta and cover with cheese.

We also had garlic bread, salad, & dessert. Not to shabby!

Now I’m just celebrating the fact that it’s Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like this week has dragged on a bit. I’m ready to go out! I have basically nothing planned… so I’m hoping to find some adventure!
I have a workout with my trainer this morning, so that means I can go out tonight guilt free tonight, right? πŸ˜‰
Can someone please make the weather be like this again? I’m tired of grey skies.

Sunshine maks me happy.Β 

What do you like to make when you’re having a lot of people over? Is the sun shining where you live?


  1. This week HAS dragged on terribly, I’m so stoked for dome relaxation! I’m lovin this recipe, sounds perfect for a dinner partay πŸ˜‰ I love eating dinners with friends too, there’s always so much laughter and good memories!
    Happy Friday friend!

  2. The sun is certainly NOT shining where I am πŸ™ It’s supposed to be raining all weekend! Your recipe sounds great! I am going to share it with my gramma, we are an uber Italian family and I bet she would love this!
    Good luck at the dinner party, they are always so much fun! I contribute desserts every time ha!

  3. As soon as it gets just a wee bit cooler, I’m going to constantly have a big pot of chili waiting on the stove. I heart chili like no other, and add a few topping options and you have an awesomely easy group dinner.
    Mmmm, I can’t wait!

  4. It was sunny all week, now rainy where I live! Great recipe though! Looks great πŸ™‚

  5. I like to make something simple because I tend to get way stressed out when I have people over. So something in the crockpot or pasta.

  6. The last time I had ppl over for dinner, I made a tenderloin roast. It was great, but my veggie sides didn’t turn out well. I think next time I’m making bbq pork, though pasta is always a good option too.

    Hurray for Friday!!!

  7. Puttanesca is a magical word. Really. Too bad it means “whore” in Italian.

    [And I, too, love eating with people, despite being sort of ‘weird’ about food. The communal/community aspect of food is what I love so much about it, though!]

  8. That pasta dish looks so good!

  9. You’ve had gray skies too?! Well, this week was pretty nice but today it’s rainy and dreary outside. I miss the sunshine and warm weather!
    What makes me happy: sunshine. Thats all I need. I’m easy to please! πŸ˜›
    Have a fantastic friday!!

  10. I like to do pasta (stuffed shells!) or pizza or taco bar, because they’re easy and customizing friendly.

  11. The sun is most definitely not shining here. It’s so cold- autumn is definitely here now. Your pasta dish looks great for a dinner party.

  12. That looks so delicious and fresh! And I love the idea of potlucks. I make “family dinner” for my roommates and a few friends from time to time–but I usually go tacos or fajitas. Mexican is so easy to make for a crowd, and the vegan versions taste just the same! Like taco seasoning or fajita seasoning πŸ˜€

  13. It’s so cool that you have a Thursday potluck – so fun! I don’t eat italian food much these days but I love it when I do. I think I sickened myself of pasta when I was a student!

  14. this week dragged on while it happened, but now that it’s saturday i can’t believe a whole week has gone by! i love puttanesca pasta- it’s probably my favorite pasta dish out there! it’s so yummy. i’m not big on italian food, but i’ll go for it sometimes. the other night we had inventory at work and at the end (aka 11 pm) they gave us a freshly cooked feast of italian and it was pretty yummy! pot lucks are so fun, it must be so nice to have a weekly sit down meal with all your friends without the chaos of trying to eat out! what a great idea!

  15. This weather for sure sucks, I’m SO over rain and dreary skies!!! On a brighter note, your pasta dinner looks deeeelish πŸ™‚

  16. We had beautiful sunshine today and have had all week, it’s gorgeous… fecking freezing at night but ya can’t have it all!
    I love the look of that pasta dish πŸ™‚

  17. oh me too! i love sitting around a table, sharing laughs, and enjoying great food! italian is a great way to share the love!

  18. Thank you SO much for the comment on my blog!!! Your dinner sounds yummy! I LOVE Italian food. Its amazing!!! Its not Friday anymore, so now you can celebrate that amazing news πŸ™‚

  19. That pasta is seriously making me drool right now, looks so fresh and not heavy and greasy like most! Those 20 miles today have me all over anything that remotely resembles a carb πŸ˜‰

  20. That pasta looks delicious. I am so going to have to make it with gluten free pasta. Hopefully mine will turn out as good as yours does.

  21. My friends are such picky eaters- it’s impossible to cook for them! I usually just bake, because who doesn’t like sweets πŸ™‚

  22. anyone want the sun here? πŸ˜‰ ill trade you! πŸ˜‰ also that pasta looks yummy!

  23. What a delicious recipe! My hubby makes awesome tomato sauce, and he’s buying all the ingredients as we speak. I can’t wait for some of that goodness!

  24. That looks yummy! You can never go wrong with a beautiful past dish! πŸ˜‰

  25. I love Italian food, your dinner looks delicious. The sun is shining here and the temps are HOT! It does not feel like fall whatsoever!

  26. love making food for others πŸ™‚ Italian is always a good choice

    and no sun here, it stormed all day

  27. im a popcorn and movie kind of girl for cranky days πŸ™‚


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