Happy Tuna Puttanesca

I was curious what does Puttanesca mean? I have to say did not expect this translation. Basically spaghetti alla puttanesca literally means “whore’s style spaghetti” in Italian…. Well then!  The name comes from the combinations of ingredients from the sauce. Spicy from the peppers, Fragrant thanks to the garlic, salty from the anchovies and yes tuna ( I think you got that one). This dish was not invented until the mid 20th century and did not become popular until the 60’s. Regardless if this pasta is wearing fish nets and high heels, I am a fan!

Happy Italy. Happy Puttanesca. Happy Hemp.


  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup Happy Hemp
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped kalamata olives
  • 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes
  • 4 basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish
  • 1 5-ounce can tuna, packed in olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente.
  2.  heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until slightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the capers and olives and fry 2 more minutes.
  4. Crush the tomatoes into the skillet with your hands and reserve the juices. Cook until the tomatoes are slightly dry, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the reserved tomato juices, the basil, and salt to taste and cook until the sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the tuna with its oil, breaking it up with a fork, and season with salt.
  7. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water, and return it to the pot. Add the sauce and the reserved cooking water and toss.
  8. Season with pepper and garnish with more basil and Happy Hemp.
  9. Enjoy!


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