Vegetarian Puttanesca plated

Vegetarian Puttanesca

Deepa Dayal - DiMare Fresh
Featured In WTFCF Season 1, Episode 01: Tomato Time.
This sauce is a aromatic dish featuring anchovies, olives and capers in a canned tomato base. Fun fact: It is said this sauce was made by prostitutes in Italy to entice customers with it's exquisite aroma.
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Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, have extra for drizzling
  • 7 - 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • ¼ cup pitted black olives,
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, halved
  • 9 ounces dried pasta, orecchiette or penne, cooked per package instructions
  • zest of one lemon
  • parmesan cheese, to garnish


Prepare The Sauce

  • In a pan, heat 3 tablespoon oil and sauté crushed garlic until golden brown.
  • Add 1 cup pasta sauce, 1 teaspoon paprika, ½ red chili flakes, and ½ teaspoon cumin powder. Cook for about 10 minutes until sauce thickens. Stirring occasionally.
  • Add to sauce, 1 cup halved tomatoes, 2 teaspoons capers, and ¼ cup pitted olives. Mix well.
  • Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon sugar. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in half ½ tablespoon chopped parsley and lemon zest.

Assemble The Pasta

  • Once pasta is cooked, add the sauce. Combine well.
  • Garish with drizzle of olive oil, grated parmesan cheese and ½ tablespoon chopped parsley.


    About the Author

    Headshot Deepa Dayal, Senior Staff Accountant, DiMare Fresh
    Deepa Dayal is the Senior Staff Account for DiMare Fresh. Her life has been an exciting culinary journey. Born in Fiji and then living in Australia and New Zealand before moving to the US, she became acquainted with worldly flavors. Australia and New Zealand are known for their food scenes due to their ethnically diverse populations. So now, it is only fitting that Deepa works in fresh produce as an accountant for DiMare Fresh.