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Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Here’s how you can make vegan spaghetti alla Puttanesca (pasta Puttanesca) that looks and tastes just like the authentic Italian recipe!

Let’s eat Italian! I begin the veganized Italian recipes challenge right now with this delicious vegan spaghetti alla Puttanesca recipe! Who doesn’t love Italian food? After the Middle Eastern cuisine, Italian recipes are by far my favorite. Pasta, pizza, tiramisu…these are the perfect carb-bomb comfort foods, am I right?! 😀

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But, did you know you can easily veganize any Italian recipe?! Even the ones with meat and fish can be made vegan and you won’t feel a huge difference in taste or texture. Take this vegan spaghetti alla Puttanesca, for example.

vegan spaghetti alla puttanesca

The original spaghetti alla puttanesca recipe is an Italian pasta recipe which originated from Napoli in the mid-20th century. It is traditionally made with tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers, garlic and…anchovies! Did you know that spaghetti alla puttanesca actually means “spaghetti in the style of a whore” in Italian? :))

To mimic the taste of fish I used Nori sheets! Yes! Made them crispy and then added them to the pasta right before serving. The result -> INCREDIBLE! Eating plant-based is awesome and you don’t have to miss the taste of meat and fish at all, there are so many great alternatives you can try! Be creative! 🙂

Tip: You can make it gluten-free by simply using GF spaghetti or corn spaghetti. 🙂 

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vegan pasta puttanesca recipe

Yield: 4

Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

vegan spaghetti alla puttanesca pasta

Here’s how you can make vegan spaghetti alla Puttanesca (pasta Puttanesca) that looks and tastes just like the authentic Italian recipe!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 200g (7 oz) spaghetti
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (400g | 14 oz) tomatoes, peeled and crushed
  • 150g (1 cup) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 90g (½ cup) pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 1 Nori sheet
  • ⅓ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • fresh chopped basil


  1. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the Nori sheet and fry until crispy. Crush the Nori sheet in small pieces and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta al dente, according to the instructions on the package. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, over medium heat.
  4. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Saute over medium heat until translucent, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the canned tomatoes, olives, capers, cayenne, dry basil and maple syrup. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cooked pasta and crushed nori. Add salt and ground pepper to taste. Stir in cherry tomatoes and serve with some basil on top.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 372Total Fat 8gCarbohydrates 63.4gProtein 11.6g

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Tuesday 1st of May 2018

Love your attention to details! I made this today and it really had a subtle "fish" taste, just like the original puttanesca pasta recipe! Thanks!


Tuesday 1st of May 2018

Thank you, Mihaela! Glad you noticed! I try to make the recipes as close to their authentic versions as possible.

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