It's been a while since I last cooked the #KitchenGoddess' Slut's Spaghetti. Nigella Lawson calls her version of Pasta Puttanesca the Slut's Spaghetti. Puttanesca is said to come from the Italian word "puttana" which when translated to English is whore or prostitute. Puttanesca is a dish which historically was cooked by Italian prostitutes for reasons such as - cooked to entice their male clients, and for practicality-sake of cooking out of canned ingredients, since most of them has limited time to market for fresh ingredients.
I've always looked up to Nigella for the recipes I needed to cook for my family and friends. Now that she endorses for Contadina, it won't be an issue anymore of choosing which brand to buy as ingredients for her recipes that I've been acquainted to already. Specially now that Contadina products are now available in grocery stores nationwide. I just knew this when we attended the Contadina Supermarket Raid at Robinsons Selection at the Venice Mall.
I've always had this crazy idea, probably only in my dreams and never could come true, but who knows. What if she surprises me and visits my kitchen, what would be the dish I would prepare for her? In all honesty, it was hard for me to answer that, but then, I just relied on Nigella's inspiring aura whenever I watch her show, Nigella Feasts.
The first dish that came to my mind was her Slut's Spaghetti, not that there's a strong backstory or meaning to it, but it sounded a bit exciting, also it was one of the first recipes I learned from her online. Puttanesca isn't served as muh in most restaurants, but when it does, in comes with a higher price. But concerning how easy it is to do and ingredients are not that expensive too, this can actually be a regular pasta to any home.
This also gives a little of an extra deal with your husband, this will make him adore you more, as it is said "the way to a man's heart is through his "p_ _ _ _", whoops, stomach!
But of course, I have to put my own personality to this very intriguing pasta dish, not that I have this "sluttish" personality but I know how to tweak it some bits so that my kids would also love this.
Linguine Ala Salmon Puttanesca
500 g Contadina Linguine Pasta, cooked
1/4 cup Contadina Olive Oil
1 can Contadina stewed tomatoes
250 g (to 400 g) salmon fillet
5 Tbsp sundried tomatoes (optional)
4 to 5 Tbsp sliced pitted black olives
4 to 5 Tbsp basil, chiffonade
1 Tbsp capers
3 Tbsp garlic, minced
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
1. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and lemon juice.
2. In a hot pan, drizzle 1 tsp of olive oil and spread over the pan, then sear the fish. Set aside.
3. Saute garlic, put in the Contadina stewed tomatoes including the brine. cook for about 5 minutes, pressing and crushing slihghtly the tomatoes.
4. Dump in the sun dried tomatoes, olives and capers.
5. When simmered, toss in the cooked pasta, basil and lemon zest.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. When serving, put a hefty on a plate, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, then the seared salmon.
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You can either top the salmon on the linguine or chop it then mix to the sauce before adding the pasta. All the same what you'll have is a perfect mix of tang from the tomatoes and capers and saltiness from the olives. This is so perfect as the stewed tomatoes were already preserved in spices and the linguine is al dente.
Please do let me know if you scored with this one with your husband, alright?!