Slut’s Spaghetti – For All My Single Ladies

If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it,
Don’t be mad once you see that he want it.
If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it.

Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh.

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Nigella’s Slut’s Spaghetti has always been special for me because believe it or not, before Wayne, I wasn’t always the demure and charming classy lady I am today.

Au contraire.

More than likely and almost definitely, you would have found me at The Lamplighter on a Saturday night spending all my hard earned dollars on eight too many Jaggerbombs and crying my heart out over some new boy who did not want to get with any of this.

Rewind three years ago to a time when I belonged to a club called SLUT.  Single Ladies United Together.  Membership of two.

Mess was our theme and Single Ladies was our jam.  Favourite pastimes included moaning about our lives, drinking too much wine, and sobbing on the dance floor.

Needless to say, when there is a dish where the namesake marries two of my favourite things together into one meal, I am going to put a ring on it.

Being fundamentally lazy, the fact that my spaghetti takes less than half an hour to make and almost every ingredient comes from a can or jar only adds to my enthusiasm.

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Ingredients – Serves 4-6

– Olive Oil
– 8 Anchovies, finely chopped
– 2 Garlic Cloves
– 1-2 Jalapeno or Chili Peppers (depending on your tolerance)
– 500g Spaghetti
– 400g Can Diced Tomatoes
– Kalamata Olives (Amount varies depending on your tolerance)
– 2 Tablespoons Capers
– Fresh Parsley
– Grated Parmesan Cheese
– Salt and Pepper

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1.) Boil water for pasta

2.) Fire up pan on medium heat and coat bottom with olive oil

3.) Cook anchovies for 3 minutes.  Add garlic and peppers.

4.) Add salt to pasta water and cook pasta.

5.) In sauce pan, cook olives, capers, and tomatoes for 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally, allowing to thicken.

If you’re anything like me, this is the part where you start to stress sweat and you may or may not place your plastic strainer on a hot burner you left running.

Fret not because if the smell of burning plastic doesn’t tip you off, then surely the smoke alarms will.  Simply remove plastic from burner, chin up and forge on.

6.) Season to taste.

7.) Nigella’s pro-tip: Save a cup of boiling hot gluten water from pasta water and add to sauce to bring the sauce together.

8.) Toss together spaghetti and sauce, throw on your parsley and grated cheese.

Pour excessively large glass of wine, wear homeliest pair of sweat pants, crank up Beyonce, and bury face in spaghetti mound.

The refreshing tomatoes cut through the saltiness from the olives, capers, and anchovies and makes this pasta dish seem surprisingly lighter than anticipated, which makes for one not only happy, but healthy SLUT.  Single Ladies Rejoice.

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