This flavor-packed vegan puttanesca is made from whole plant food ingredients. It's deliciously hearty, protein-packed, high in fiber, oil-free, nut-free, and soy-free. This meal is healthy comfort food at its finest!
What you need to make this vegan puttanesca
- Whole wheat pasta (use gluten-free, if gluten-sensitive)
- Vegan Spaghetti Sauce
- Cooked butter beans
- Bell pepper
- Pitted olives (green and/or kalamata)
- Capers (and brine)
- Fresh basil
- Crushed red pepper flakes
Adding butter beans (large lima beans) is not traditional for puttanesca, but we did it to boost the protein and diversity of plants in this meal. The butter beans are delicious and provide a nice creaminess to the crunchy bell peppers and onions. These beans also complement the brininess of the olives and capers.
The olives, capers, and brine provide the vegan substitute for anchovies—which are traditionally found in pasta puttanesca.
How to prepare
This recipe uses cooked butter beans. If using canned butter beans, be sure to drain and rinse. Set aside.
Prepare the vegan spaghetti sauce.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add whole wheat (or gluten-free) pasta, and cook (al dente) according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Preheat a large saute pan or pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Stir and put a lid on to cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the lid and add olives, capers, brine, and crushed red pepper. Stir to incorporate.
Add the prepared butter beans and vegan spaghetti sauce. Stir to incorporate all the yummy goodness.
Put the lid back on and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes to ensure the beans are heated through.
Top with fresh basil, and salt to taste.
Enjoy this wonderful meal for date night, family night, or a hearty, comforting meal any night of the week.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe uses a vegan spaghetti tomato sauce that's seasoned with garlic and dried herbs. It provides a delicious, oil-free base for this puttanesca sauce.
Puttanesca is also referred to as "aulive and chiapparielle" or olives and capers. Check out this article about pasta puttanesca from Italy Magazine to learn more.
Leftovers keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This can be portioned and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, making it a great recipe to meal prep. Reheat frozen vegan puttanesca in the microwave. Alternatively, thaw in the refrigerator or on the countertop, and then reheat in a covered pot on the stove with a splash of water over low heat.
We hope you love this vegan spaghetti alla puttanesca as much as we do. Please rate and leave a comment below. Be sure to share a picture on Instagram and tag us @danielsplaterecipes so we can see your creation!Print
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