Pasta Puttanesca

by Mary on April 20, 2013

pasta puttanesca with raisins, olives, and pine nuts on a square dinner plate

pasta puttanesca with pine nut garnish

The best thing about pasta puttanesca is that you can pull everything that you need from it from your cupboard. It’s great for any time you haven’t had a chance to grocery shop.

I don’t know anyone else who puts in raisins, but I like their sweetness in the sauce. And I like to add pine nuts, either as an ingredient or as a garnish. They make a great non-dairy substitute for parmesan.

Some traditional ingredients in this sauce that you might want, though I didn’t use them, include anchovies, red pepper flakes, and a parsley garnish. Pasta Puttanesca is usually served with spaghetti. I used penne this time, since that’s what Costco stocks in what’s become my favorite gluten-free choice, Tru-Roots Ancient Grains Pasta.

garlic, shallot, black raisins, extra virgin olive oil, crushed tomatoes, and capers on a kitchen counter

ingredients for pasta puttanesca


Pasta Puttanesca
Prep time
Cook time
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Recipe type: main course
Serves: 4
  • all quantities in this recipe are to be adapted to your taste
  • ⅓ cup minced shallot (or if you don't have shallot, onion)
  • 1½ Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes (I use Muir Glen Crushed Tomatoes with Basil)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 Tbsp. capers plus 1 Tbsp. juice from caper jar
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasonings such as oregano, basil, or marjoram or an Italian seasoning mix.
  • (optional black pepper to taste)
  • optional ¼ cup pine nuts as ingredient or garnish
  1. Mince shallot (or onion) and garlic finely.
  2. Heat olive oil in pot on medium low heat.
  3. Add shallot, cook for about three minutes until translucent.
  4. Add garlic and cook for two more minutes.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes and other ingredients.
  6. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce reaches the thickness you desire.
  7. Serve on pasta, garnish with pine nuts if desired.


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Brittany April 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

This looks gorgeous, classy, and DELICIOUS!! Perfect spring time meal outside with friends!


mary April 21, 2013 at 1:55 am

Outside with friends, what a nice thought! I hope we get some more of that kind of weather this spring!


sally April 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Easy ingredients that I always have on hand make a recipe even better. I love not having to make an extra trip to the store. This pasta looks amazing!
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mary April 22, 2013 at 12:59 am

Thanks, Sally!


Alexis April 22, 2013 at 2:26 am

I love the idea of raisins and capers! Sounds fantastic 🙂
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mary April 22, 2013 at 2:57 am

Thanks, Alexis. It is good.


Kiran April 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Yum!! I love a good pasta that is packed with garlicky goodness!
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mary April 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Yup, we are garlic lovers here— fortunately all of us are.


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