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A dish of pasta served alla puttanesca comes with a sauce made from tomatoes, garlic, black olives, capers, anchovies, chilli peppers, oregano and parsley. Italian puttanesca means literally ‘whorish, sluttish’—a reference to the motley selection of ingredients that might be found in a slovenly housewife's store cupboard.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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