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Speedy Vegan Pasta Puttanesca

A speedy, tasty mid-week pasta recipe. This vegan Puttanesca is full of flavour and perfect for a quick dinner or speedy lunch, 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Servings: 4
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer


  • 320 g penne pasta use 80g dried pasta per person , or use up to 100g if everyone is super hungry!

For the Puttanesca Sauce

  • 3 fat cloves garlic, minced. honestly- I use anywhere between 3 and 6 cloves -
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 2 400 g tins crushed tomatoes (or whole tomatoes, chop them up roughly)
  • 4 Tbs green seedless olives roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbs capers
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder use more if you like it SPICY
  • cup red wine (aka- a good sploosh- it's mid week, I'm not really measuring) this is optional- you can omit and add a small teaspoon of balsamic vinegar if you want to
  • 1-2 cups greens (around 1 large handful- it doesn't matter too much ) kale (chopped up) , spinach, broccoli florets- whatever you feel like.


  • Put a large saucepan of water on the stove to boil (use a LID! It will boil faster) 
  • Add the oil, minced garlic and tomato paste into a large frying pan & sautee for a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes to the frying pan and turn the heat up a little. You want the tomatoes to cook down a little.
  • Add the spices , capers, olives and wine (if using) 
  • By now your water in the saucepan should be on a rolling boil. Put your dried penne pasta (or whatever shape you're using) into the water, give it a stir.  Most pasta takes between 8 and 10 mins to cook. 
  • Keep an eye on your sauce, turn the heat down and let it simmer. 
  • About 6 minutes after you've put the pasta on to boil, add the greens to the sauce. Simmer. 
  • When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain, reserving a half cup of the water. (This is emergency water!)
  • Mix the pasta into the sauce & greens mixture. If it's all looking like it's a bit dry (it happens) add  a splosh of the emergency water. 
  • Serve in bowls. For the true vegan experience add a big sprinkle of nutritional yeast. (