Actor Sean Kanan Has A Recipe For Pasta Puttanesca That Is *So* Much More Than Spaghetti


Sean Kanan likes his women (and his food) spicy. That’s why daytime’s biggest bad boy (and modern-day gentleman) gave us his recipe for Pasta Puttanesca. “I invented this dish during my time in Rome. A bold fusion combining the best from two of my favorite sauces—Bolognese and Puttanesca. This is a rich and hearty meat sauce with a tomato-based ragout, which highlights flavors from the Mediterranean.” Learn how to make this pasta dish that delivers on flavor and can feed your family, too.

Pasta Puttanesca

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 lb penne or farfalle
  • 1/2 lb ground veal or turkey
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 16 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 4 oz black olives
  • 4 tbsp capers
  • 1/2 cup small green olives
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Using a large pot, sauté the olive oil, chopped onion, garlic, oregano, basil, garlic salt, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper flakes and capers until the onions caramelize.
  • Add in the tomato paste.
  • In a sauté pan, brown the ground beef and veal/turkey.
  • Drain the fat and add to the pot with the onions on medium heat. 
  • Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, black olives, eggplant, and green olives. 
  • Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce the heat and simmer.
  • Fill a pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. 
  • Add 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of salt and 1 pound of pasta. 
  • Cook the pasta until al dente and drain. 
  • Pour 1 cup of cold water over the pasta in the strainer. 
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and serve.
Keyword family-friendly dinner
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