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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Celebrating National “Italian Food” Day With Marta Palombo's Penne Puttanesca Recipe

I’d like to share one of my favorite pasta recipes from my grandma! It’s called Pasta alla Puttanesca. It’s full of bold flavor and a great dish to make to impress all your friends with your mad cooking skills. They’ll never guess how easy it is!


Olive oil

1 garlic clove


4 or 5 anchovies

½ cup of red wine

1 can of peeled tomatoes

Green and black olives

Put a pot of water to boil. Don’t forget to add salt! Whenever it boils, add penne pasta.

Put a splash of olive oil and 1 clove of garlic into a pan.

Mince a handful of capers and add them to the pan.

When the capers have cooked for a few minutes, add 4 or 5 minced anchovies.

Add half a cup of red wine.

Add a can of peeled tomatoes

Allow everything to simmer for 5/10 minutes. Then, chop any desired amount of olives and add them to the pan. Turn off the heat.

Add cooked pasta to the pan and stir together. Serve warm!

If Joni Mitchell and Florence + The Machine had a 21st century hippie daughter, it would be Marta Palombo. Hailing from Florence, Italy, she found her home in Nashville, Tennessee where she spends her time writing, recording, performing, and curating a cabinet full of local teas. Marta effortlessly weaves diverse influences and genres into her own unique blend of off-kilter folk-pop. 

Initially honing her wordsmithing and performance skills through poetry, Marta found nationwide recognition as Poetry Out Loud’s 2016 Georgia State Champion and National Runner-Up. After moving to Nashville, she geared her talents towards writing music full-time, releasing a steady stream of covers in English and Italian, as well as original compositions.  Marta has already made quite a name for herself in Music City, garnering a very loyal fan base. She’s played at well-known venues like Café CoCo, True Music Room & Bar, Commodore Grille, Bowery Vault, Two Old Hippies, Boulevard Records, Just Love Coffee, and Belcourt Taps. In addition, Marta has added both the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bridgestone Arena, where she sang back-up for Josh Groban, to her impressive musical resume.

Marta’s biggest hit came from an acoustic cover of LP’s 2015 single, “Lost On You”, soon followed by her debut extended play: 2016’s Revisions. Half personal introspection and half mission statement, the EP evokes imagery of halcyon days with hopes for the best of times to come, and a willingness to revel in the unknown, no matter the consequences. The single “Sparrows” followed in 2017, as well as two new songs in 2018: the soul-baring ballad titled “Bitter End” and the bubbly, optimistic “Gold.”

Admiring her roots while simultaneously eschewing the traditional notions of what a singer-songwriter should be is paramount to who Marta Palombo is as an artist. With Marta, there is always new music on the horizon, including an EP due in February 2020, and an ever growing passion for telling life’s stories, big and small. 


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