Don’t you just love it when a few simple ingredients come together to give you an amazing burst of flavor? That’s how I feel about puttanesca sauce.
With only about six ingredients (plus a few spices), you can create a meal that is incredibly flavorful, and perhaps best of all, it only takes a few minutes to put together. It’s the perfect meal for the family any night of the week, especially if you are starved for time or aren’t the biggest fan of cooking!
With only about six ingredients (plus a few spices), you can create a meal that is incredibly flavorful, and perhaps best of all, it only takes a few minutes to put together.
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium sized onion chopped medium dice
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 4 medium sized tomatoes chopped medium dice
- 1 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
- 12 Kalamata olives roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
Heat up your extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Add your onions and let them caramelize and brown for about 20 minutes.
Add in the garlic. Toss and let it saute for about 30 seconds, just until you can smell the garlic.
Then add in your spices, chopped tomatoes, and olives. Toss to combine and let the tomatoes cook down for about 20 minutes.
Once the tomatoes are cooked down, add in your spinach. Toss until wilted down.
Turn off the heat and add in your fresh basil. Toss to combine, adjust the seasoning, and serve over spaghetti squash, quinoa, or whatever your heart desires (and is compliant on your chosen Whole Life Challenge nutrition level). Note: You can also use puttanesca sauce to spice up meat, fish, or your favorite protein of choice.
This recipe is compliant on all levels — Kickstart, Lifestyle, and Performance — just remember if you’re currently in the Challenge, pasta is not compliant. Instead try quinoa, zoodles, spaghetti squash, or something similar.
Watch the video to see how simple it is to create this puttanesca sauce: