So the story goes that the whores of Italy would whip together this pasta dish between customers–because it was just that fast and easy (not to mention salty and spicy). Wikipedia isn’t playing along however, and argues that this dish likely wasn’t even invented until the Sixties, when it was first mentioned in an Italian novel.
Whatever the backstory, this is one of my favorite pasta dishes to make. It literally takes 5 minutes to make and you can use all ingredients from your cupboards if you don’t have any fresh tomatoes. It has a lot of seemingly strange ingredients but together, they make a masterpiece!
It’s simultaneously salty, spicy, briny, garlicky and sweet.
You would be wise to get the water boiling before you start the sauce. It seriously goes that fast.
When the noodles are cooked, put them right in the sauce to finish them up for a minute. They’ll absorb some of that sauce and taste even better.
Serve it up with some Parmesan if you like and forget Wikipedia. I prefer to twirl my spaghetti and think of all the ladies of the evening cooking this on their hotplates in some dingy hallway.