Vegetarian Spaghetti Puttanesca


I have had such a busy few weeks lately at work and was in for a few hours today even though it’s my day off.  This has meant 1) no time for fun activities, baking, cooking, etc; 2) no time to write up blog posts; 3) I’ve eaten a load of unhealthy food; 4) my life currently consists of work, eat and bed.  But enough of my moans!  As it is National Vegetarian Week I decided to kill quite a few birds with one stone (hmmmm maybe that is the wrong choice of phrase for a vegetarian post ?) to get a blog post done.  I’ve just come home from work hungry and as it’s lunch time I decided to make a Vegetarian Spaghetti Puttanesca dish, take a few pics, write up a post, press publish and voila! A healthy lunch made and eaten plus a blog post done!


Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is an Italian dish that literally means “Spaghetti in the style of a prostitute”.  Ermmmm ok not quite sure that’s the way that I would have described it.  This is such a quick, easy and tasty dish to make, perfect if you are after a quick meal to make when friends are coming over for dinner or if you have come home from work hangry (<<< me quite often!!).  You may likely have the ingredients in your cupboards and fridge so won’t even have to go out shopping!  Normally this dish is made with anchovies (ewwwwww!) but as it is a vegan/vegetarian recipe it has fortunately been omitted but if you aren’t a veggie and for some bizarre reason like eating anchovies then feel free to chuck some in, weirdo! This delicious dish is gluten free, syn free on Slimming World and also vegan.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Puttanesca syn free & gluten free

Vegan Spaghetti Puttanesca

Vegetarian Spaghetti Puttanesca


What you need: (makes enough for 6 people)

1 pack of Spaghetti (I used gluten free) cooked as per instructions

2 x 400g Tins Chopped Tomatoes

1 Red Onion Chopped

4 Garlic Cloves Minced

1/2 Teaspoon Chilli Flakes

1 Tablespoon Tamari (soy sauce will do if you aren’t gluten free)

100g Sliced black olives (you can use green olives & cut them in half if you prefer)

3 Tablespoons Capers

Salt & Pepper

Frylight Spray

Chopped Fresh Parsley to garnish


How to make:

Boil your pasta as directed.

Spray Frylight onto a frying pan and heat on a medium setting.

Chop red onion finely and fry until softened.  Add the garlic and chilli flakes and stir for around 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes, tamari, olives and capers to the pan and simmer for around 15 minutes.

Drain pasta and add to the sauce making sure that the Spaghetti is coated well.

Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.


Gluten free Vegetarian Spaghetti Puttanesca

Vegan Spaghetti Puttanesca

Syn free Vegetarian Spaghetti Dish

Vegetarian Spaghetti Puttanesca


You can serve the Spaghetti along with some salad and some garlic bread, yum!  If you are looking for a vegan/gluten free garlic bread, Tesco’s Free From one is very good!


If you try out this recipe or anything else from my blog, I’d really love to hear any feedback!

If you are looking for other Slimming World recipes:

Syn Free Kedgeree

Gluten Free Meatloaf

Prawn Dopiaza

Spicy Seafood Pasta

Breakfast Egg Muffins






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10 responses to “Vegetarian Spaghetti Puttanesca”

  1. Chloe says:

    This is the first dish in a while that’s made me really hate my tomato allergy!

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  2. Claire says:

    I cannot stand anchovies but they will always be in my puttanesca! They give a nice depth of flavour and you can’t taste them in the sauce <3

    G is for Gingers xx

  3. kittylimon says:

    This will be a definite recipe for me to try (albeit without the capers), thanks for sharing can’t waste to taste it 🙂

  4. This looks delicious! I love pasta and putanesca is one of my fav! I don’t each much meat and I am looking at reducing my consumption ever more so this is the perfect recipe! xx corinne

  5. Jasmin N says:

    Oh this would be perfect for me as I don’t eat meat haha 😀 it looks super delicious 🙂 I’ll save this for later try, thank you for sharing the recipe 😀

  6. Prerna says:

    What a wonderful recipe for Spaghetti! I love spaghetti and I am definitely going to try it tomorrow!

  7. Samantha says:

    Being Italian I can assure that the “prostitute” name is a bit more articulated than this and actually really fascinating.
    I love this recipe and although I’m not vegetarian, I’m curious to try this version too.
    But I always think that the anchovies are a must in this dish because they add a unique, salty and tasty flavor.

    Samantha |

  8. I love this kind of pasta with strong flavours – one of our favourites is the simple garlic, parsley, butter and caper sauce, so this will be a big hit in our household as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Michenn says:

    Wow that looks amazing!! And the way you wrote it out made it sound so easy to make! I could actually attempt this myself (or at least think I could making myself). And the flavor sounds pretty good! I’m down to make this.

  10. Annelize says:

    Yay! A vegetarian Puttanesca! I’m allergic to fish and shellfish so it is a rare occasion that I can eat this in a restaurant. Thank you for the recipe – will have to try it some time 🙂

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