Puttana: Itlalian slang meaning whore. Pasta Puttanesca: Whore's Pasta. There are many stories disputing the origin of the name. Some say pasta puttanesca was prepared by Italian prostitutes because it was quick and could easily be thrown together between customers. Others believe that the common Italian pantry ingredients involved with making puttanesca alleviated the need and distraction for the ladies of the evening to shop for food. The most common story (my favorite) is that the hard working girls placed hot steaming bowls of pasta puttanesca on their window sills hoping to lure in passing potential clientele with wafting intoxicating aromas.
Whatever its origin, I adore pasta puttanesca. There are many methods for preparing it, but the ingredients remain constant; anchovies, garlic, chili flakes, olives, olive oil, tomatoes, and pasta. Like any good working girl, I had the ingredients in my pantry.
Gratutious fresh parsely finished it off.