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Puttanesca with Beans and Chard

Makes 3 cups (750 mL)

  • Prep10 mins
  • Cook18 mins
  • Total28 mins
  • Servings3 cups
  • Ingredients13


Puttanesca with Beans and Chard

Puttanesca is typically made with tomatoes, capers, and anchovies. But that’s not what “puttanesca” actually means. It roughly translates to “lady of the night.” We gave it a nutritional boost by adding in some miso, beans, and baby spring chard to add to the umami explosion of flavour. Perfect served with red wine and, of course, by candlelight.


Can’t find fire-roasted tomatoes?

Substitute with regular diced tomatoes and add some smoked paprika, to taste.

A sauce of veritable versatility

Puttanesca is frequently tossed with pasta. But we also love to jazz it up and spoon it over creamy polenta or roasted squash.


Puttanesca with Beans and Chard

  • Prep10 mins
  • Cook18 mins
  • Total28 mins
  • Servings3 cups
  • Ingredients13


  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra if desired
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 Thai red chili pepper, minced, including seeds
  • 2 anchovies, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) tomato paste
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) blonde miso
  • 28 oz (796 mL) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, including juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped, pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) capers, rinsed and drained
  • 4 sprigs basil
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) raw sugar
  • 14 oz (398 mL) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (250 mL) baby Swiss chard leaves, rinsed and spun dry


Per serving:

  • calories177
  • protein5g
  • fat10g
    • saturated fat1g
    • trans fat0g
  • carbohydrates17g
    • sugars6g
    • fibre4g
  • sodium301mg

Per 1/2 cup (125 mL).



In medium-sized saucepan, combine oil, garlic, chili pepper, and anchovies. Stir over medium heat until garlic begins to turn golden. Stir in tomato paste and miso and cook for 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes and their juice, olives, capers, basil, and sugar and bring to a gentle simmer.


Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes for flavours to blend.


Remove garlic cloves and basil sprigs, if you wish, and discard. Stir in beans and chard and heat through. Season to taste.


Drizzle with a splash of additional olive oil and serve spooned over toasted crusty bread.



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