Spicy Puttanesca Pizza Sauce Spicy Puttanesca Pizza Sauce

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Puttanesca (pronounced "poot-tah-NEHS-kah") is a spicy Italian tomato sauce generally served with pasta, but we love it as a base for homemade pizza, too. Though anchovies and spicy pepperoncini bring big flavour to the dish, it's the quality tomatoes that truly make it fantastico.

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Total time 20 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 anchovy fillets , finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 398 mL cans Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes (Polpa)
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves , torn
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepperoncini piccante


In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook anchovies and garlic, stirring, for 15 to 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, basil, sugar and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pepperoncini.

Makes 2 1/4 cups.

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Spicy Puttanesca Pizza Sauce