Definition of puttanesca in English:

puttanesca

adjective

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

puttanesca

/ˌpo͞otəˈneskə//ˌpo͞otnˈeskə/