Pasta Puttanesca with Jane Godman!

In Secret Baby, Second Chance, Beth cooks a lot of pasta meals (mainly because she has a young baby and she doesn’t have much time!). I like to picture her cooking one of my personal favorites, Pasta Puttanesca.


300g (10oz) linguine or spaghetti
2-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1tbsp olive oil
50g (2oz) canned tuna in oil, drained
2tbsp capers
150g (5oz) pitted black olives, halved
1tsp chili powder
400g can chopped tomatoes
1tsp dried oregano
small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve
Bring a large pan of water to the boil for the pasta.


In a pan, fry the garlic in the olive oil until softened. Add the tuna, capers, olives, and chili powder. Fry gently for about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and oregano, and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta: when the water is at a good rolling boil, add salt, then add the pasta and bring back to the boil. cook until just al dente, i.e. tender but still just a bit firm to the bite (use the packet instructions as a rough guide). Drain well.
Add the pasta to the sauce and gently stir to coat it in the sauce. Add the parsley, season to taste and serve with the grated Parmesan.

Of course, in the book, Beth has a big clean up job to do after each meal as their daughter Lia throws pasta on the floor and feeds it to their dog, Melon!  

About Jane Godman

JANE GODMAN writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance and thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. She also self publishes her historical and gothic stories. She has been a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Nominee and The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner.
Jane worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history.
When she isn’t reading or writing romance, Jane enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent (to two gorgeous boys).

New book from Jane Godman...

Secret Baby, Second Chance (Sons of Stillwater) 

A terrorized young mother and her secret child return home, where a killer awaits…

She’s alive!
 Vincente Delaney has finally found his girlfriend, Beth Wade, who disappeared a year and a half ago, alive. But he’s shocked to discover someone with her: their child, a little girl he never knew about! Once upon a time, lone wolf Vincente never expected forever with Beth, but now he must put everything on the line to protect her and their family.

Beth was forced to leave Vincente to protect everything she held dear. But now the threat to her loved ones’ lives has reared its ugly head again. As danger approaches, she and Vincente must delve into her past to cast out the darkness jeopardizing their future.

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  1. This sounds like a page turner and a fun read!

  2. The book sounds good, and thanks for the recipe!

  3. The recipe sounds simple and tasty. Thank you.
    Second chances are a wonderful thing.

    1. In the story Vincente (the hero) has to work hard to get his second chance! But you're right, they are wonderful :)

  4. Sounds good - although I've never tried tuna with pasta before. I'll have to give it a shot!
    Book sounds great - good luck with it! :)

    1. I think the original was with anchovies, but that's a bit salty for me! And thanks for the good luck message :)

  5. Thanks Everyone! I hope you enjoy the recipe and the book. Jane x

  6. This sounds really does the pasta:)

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them both :)

  7. That recipe sounds so good and so does the book.

    1. Oh, thank you :) I hope you let me know what you think (about both of them) x

  8. Your book will definitely be a best-selling success...and I so love the recipe, tuna with pasta-such a great combination! Brilliant!!

    1. What a lovely comment, Ygraine! Let's hope both the book and the recipe are a success. Jane x

  9. Of course Vincente, the hero of Secret Baby, Second Chance, is half Italian, so pasta would be a favorite of his. His half-brothers (Cameron and Bryce) the heroes of the first two books in this series, Covert Kisses and the Soldiers Seduction are Wyoming born and bred. Their favorite food is definitely steak! In fact, one of the most popular places in Stillwater, the hometown of the three Delaney brothers is Dino's restaurant, the place that is famous for its mouthwatering steaks!

  10. my younger one loves pasta and would love to have this one too

    thrilling story ,found it appealing

    1. Hi, Baili. My grandson (who is two) is a big pasta fan as well and he loves this. I don't think you can go wrong with pasta for little ones! I'm so glad you liked the book. Jane x

  11. This pasta looks absolutely delicious!


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