One of the dishes that you can cook at home if you have a lot of guests is pasta. For our merienda cena, my cousin Maika, cooked Puttanesca for the family. This, too, has a simple recipe that we (yes, take note, WE! — even if I don’t!) can follow.

The Ingredients
Pasta (we chose the flat noodles, since my cousin loves the flat ones)

Step 1: Prepare the pasta by boiling it in hot water. Check the pack for the instructions as to how long you will have to cook it. After which, drain it and set aside.

Pasta preparation: Boil the pasta!

Step 2: Saute the onions and garlic. Then add the mashed tomatoes.

Tomatoes, Onion and Garlic

Step 3: After simmering the tomatoes, add the anchovies, capers and olives.

Step 4: Add the basil leaves.

Basil Leaves

Step 5: Try to taste the sauce and then add salt salt, sugar and pepper.

Step 6: Your sauce is now ready to be mixed with the pasta. Mix it and top with parmesan cheese.

Parmesan Cheese

Here is our finished product. :)

Here’s one angle! :)

And another! :)

We hope that you enjoyed following our Puttanesca recipe! And we hope that your family will rave about your cooking as much as we all raved about Maika’s cooking! ’til our next cooking session…ta-ta!

Love lots,

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Ginger is the General Manager of She is also the co-founder of a tech start-up company called Turn Up Trumps, Inc. She is a business coach and has her own program called Love the Leap. She has been a blogger since 2005, writing for, and She graduated MA in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She worked as an account executive for a couple of ad agencies. She also managed a food franchise store. Her longest corporate stint was as a product manager for a known bank in the Philippines.

2 Responses

    • EJ Arboleda

      Hi Carina, You can’t go wrong with fresh tomatoes! some reports have shown that the tin can linings “leak” BPA which is toxic. if you had to get pre-prepared tomatoes (I know we’re all busy), you may want to invest in ones that go in glass jars instead.


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