Definition of puttanesca in English:

puttanesca

adjective

  • [usually postpositive] Denoting a pasta sauce including tomatoes, garlic, black olives, and anchovies:

    ‘pasta puttanesca’
    • ‘Also I made pasta puttanesca for dinner and it was delicious.’
    • ‘That night we were having puttanesca, a spicy pasta dish that everyone should try at least once in their life.’
    • ‘Calamari pizza, blackened tuna Caesar salad, shrimp puttanesca - whatever your seafood craving, the nation's restaurants are likely to have it.’
    • ‘The menu here basically consists of around 16 kinds of sauces including tomato, rose, pesto, carbonara and puttanesca.’
    • ‘As adults, we think of restraint at the table as not having that third helping of pasta puttanesca.’
    • ‘And lunch was a crispy salad with pasta puttanesca and crusty garlicky bread - all fabulous.’
    • ‘Over red wine and pasta puttanesca, the three talked strategy.’
    • ‘The main course has delights such as chicken puttanesca.’
    • ‘I had a pizza puttanesca with anchovies, olives (with pips) and cherry tomatoes.’
    • ‘But if I had to choose one, I'd say puttanesca, because it's one of a few recipes that I've committed to memory.’
    • ‘On a good day, I can cook a puttanesca in 12 minutes, and clean up will be 5-7.’

Origin

Italian, from puttana prostitute (the sauce is said to have been devised by prostitutes as one which could be cooked quickly between clients' visits).

Pronunciation:

puttanesca

/pʊtəˈnɛskə/