Puttanesca Sauce

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Don’t be afraid of the anchovies in this dish. They simply melt away and add a complex flavor to this spicy, salty, garlicky sauce.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 12 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 anchovies in oil
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. drained nonpareil-sized capers
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Directions

  • Pat the anchovies with a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet and add the anchovies, garlic, and onion. Sauté until the anchovies mostly disappear into the onion and garlic and the onions are soft, about 3–5 minutes.
  • Place the onions, anchovies, and garlic into a 4–6-quart slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir to distribute the ingredients evenly. Cook on low for 12 hours.
  • If the sauce looks very wet at the end of the cooking time, remove the lid and cook on high for 15–30 minutes before serving.