Puttanesca sauce is a tangy and pungent Italian pasta sauce that originated in Naples. It is typically made from tomatoes, garlic, anchovies, olives, capers, and red pepper flakes, with some variations adding onions or parsley.
The name "puttanesca" is said to come from the Italian word "puttana," which means prostitute. There are a few different stories about how the sauce got its name, but one popular theory is that it was a quick and easy sauce that prostitutes could prepare between clients, using ingredients they already had on hand.
Regardless of its origins, puttanesca sauce has become a popular and flavorful pasta sauce around the world. Its bold and briny flavor pairs well with spaghetti, linguine, or any other long, thin pasta, and it is often topped with grated Parmesan cheese.