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Vegan Pasta Puttanesca - holycowvegan.net
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Vegan Pasta alla Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca is a fabled Italian dish made entirely with pantry ingredients like canned tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes, olives --and anchovies. In this vegan Pasta Puttanesca I use two delicious ingredients that substitute perfectly for the anchovies, and no one will be able to tell the difference. You can also combine the gluten-free sauce with a gf pasta.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian, nut-free, Vegan
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Vegan Pasta Puttanesca
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 251kcal


  • 1 pound whole-wheat or regular spaghetti or fettucine
  • 2 tbsp powdered seaweed (I crumpled up Nori sheets, put them in my blender, and processed them to a fine powder. A spice grinder might work even better.)
  • 1 tbsp Tamari (use soy sauce if you don't have this)
  • 1 28-oz can plum or San Marzano tomatoes, crushed, or 10 fresh tomatoes, diced, with all juices
  • 1 cup pitted, oil-cured olives, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp capers
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste.


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic and red pepper and toss until the garlic turns lightly golden.
  • Add the powdered seaweed and stir for another minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, olives, oregano, parsley, and capers. Cook over medium heat until the tomatoes release their juices and the juices start to thicken. If using canned tomatoes, cook for 15 minutes or until the sauce turns a deep red.
  • Add the tamari and more salt, if needed. Season with ground black pepper.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce, toss to coat, and turn off the heat. Garnish with more parsley if you like, and serve hot.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.7g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 6.9g | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Sugar: 4.4g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.9mg