Vegan Pasta Puttanesca With Capers and Olives

Vegetarian pasta puttanesca
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
325 Calories
6g Fat
59g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
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.

  2. Sauté the garlic in olive oil for a minute or two.

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

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

  5. Cover and simmer for at least 15 minutes.

  6. Serve hot over cooked pasta.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

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