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*******Nutitionist and Chef Gail Johnson adds delicious, healthy recipes from her kitchen almost every week. Stop by often and check them out. (Note to view many of the following articles use Adobe Reader, or equivalent.)

Quick Pasta alla Puttanesca

This famous pasta dish originated in Naples Italy. Puttanesca means “ladies of the night.” Although the exact origin of the name is unclear, one thing is clear: It’s delicious! Here is one of many recipe versions.

½222**pound spaghetti (whole wheat preferred)
2022***black or green pitted olives
12222*14.5-oz can diced tomatoes and 4 oz tomato sauce
222222tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
322222cloves of garlic, chopped and 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
½2222*teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
122222tablespoon capers drained and rinsed
¼2222*cup currants

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and return spaghetti to pot; add a teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and toss to coat.

Heat remaining olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add red pepper flakes; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until sizzling. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add canned tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, olives, currants and capers. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until sauce is heated through.

Serves 4. One serving totals about 345 Calories.

Photo of a dish of Pasta Puttanesca

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