This Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Puttanesca recipe is incredibly flavourful and the combination of garlic, olives, and capers is just perfect. It’s quick and easy to prepare (in under 30 minutes!) and all ingredients are common pantry staples (mostly herbs and spices!).
About this Recipe
Today I’m introducing one of my favourite pasta dishes: Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Puttanesca. Spaghetti alla Puttanesca literally means (excuse my language!) “spaghetti in the style of a whore” in Italien. I can totally see you guys go like: “Say what???”. Yes, I’m telling you, this slutty pasta is a thing (google it!). It was invented in Naples and typically includes tomatoes, capers, garlic, olives, and olive oil. It is sometimes prepared with anchovies but I usually make a vegetarian version of the recipe. You can EASILY adjust the recipe to your own preference (e.g., make it vegan by omitting the parmesan!). The sauce is incredibly flavourful and the combination of garlic, olives, and capers is just perfect (although, if you aren’t a fan of salty food – this one is probably not for you!). Traditionally, the sauce is served with spaghetti but you could also use a pasta of your choice. It will be delicious either way.
How to make Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
Like most of my recipes, this Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is quick and easy to prepare (it comes together in under 30 minutes!) and all ingredients are common pantry staples (mostly herbs and spices!). Just make sure to use good quality tomatoes (I recommend cherry tomatoes as they tend to be more flavourful!). Have you got all your ingredients ready to make this amazing pasta dish? Great! Then go ahead and get cooking. For the sauce, all you need to do is (1) sauté minced garlic, chili flakes, capers, and Kalamata olives in olive oil, (2) add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices/herbs, and (3) let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. While the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti until ‘al dente’. Next, add the fresh cherry tomatoes and cooked spaghetti to the sauce and mix well. Transfer your Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Puttanesca to plates, top with a generous sprinkle of the grated Parmesan (and optional parsley), and serve immediately. Happy Cooking!
Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
Yield 4 servings
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes
- 5 tbsp capers
- 5 tbsp Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
- 400 ml canned tomatoes, peeled and chopped*
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 200 g spaghetti, uncooked
- 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan, grated
- 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)
- Make the sauce: In a large pan, over medium heat, sauté minced garlic, chili flakes, capers, and Kalamata olives in olive oil until the garlic starts to turn golden. Add the canned tomatoes (juice and all!) and tomato paste, followed by the garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Adjust spices to liking. Over low heat, simmer for about 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally.
- Make the spaghetti: In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and olive oil. Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook for about 8-9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until "al dente". Drain the water.
- Add the fresh cherry tomatoes and cooked spaghetti to the sauce. Mix everything until well combined.
- Transfer the Vegetarian Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca to serving plates and top with a generous sprinkle of the grated Parmesan (and optional parsley). Serve immediately. Enjoy!
*Can be substituted with bottled cherry tomato sauce.
Cuisine vegetarian, nut-free, Italian
Serving Size 214 g (1 serving)
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Sodium 666 mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.7 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 8.5 g
Protein 8.9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.