Vegan Pasta Puttanesca With Capers and Olives

Vegan pasta puttanesca with capers and olives

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
325 Calories
6g Fat
59g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 325
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 11g
Calcium 120mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

An easy vegan pasta puttanesca recipe, and low-fat, too! Pasta puttanesca is a low-fat pasta sauce recipe with capers, kalamata olives and red pepper flakes in a sauce similar to a marinara sauce. If you aren't eating vegan, you could, of course, topped this off with some fresh shaved Parmesan cheese, but I think you'll find this recipe is delicious on its own and you don't even want the Parmesan topping. 

This Italian pasta puttanesca recipe is both vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, though regular pasta is not gluten-free, so pair the puttanesca sauce with a gluten-free alternative.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • Dash salt (or to taste)
  • Dash pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive brine
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound dried pasta (of your choice)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for easy vegan pasta puttanesca
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  2. Sauté the garlic in olive oil for a minute or two.

    Saute the garlic
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  3. Add the basil, capers, olives, and red pepper flakes, and cook for another two minutes.

    Add the capers and olives
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  4. Reduce heat to low, and add the brine and tomatoes.

    Reduce heat to low
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  5. Cover and simmer for at least 15 minutes.

    Cover and simmer
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  6. Serve hot over cooked pasta.

    Serve hot over cooked pasta
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

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