Gluten Free Pasta All Puttanesca
5 from 1 vote

Gluten Free Pasta Alla Puttanesca Recipe

A Roman classic with garlic, anchovies, capers, olives and red pepper flakes. I love this spicy pasta
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 330
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1 pound gluten-free spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 to 8 anchovy fillets, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives (such as Kalamata), roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt it. Once the water comes to a boil, you will want to cook it, according to the package directions, until it's tender, but not mushy. Before draining the pasta, scoop up a cup of the pasta water to use when finishing the recipe.

While the water boils and pasta cooks, make your sauce:

  • Pour the oil into a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add the finely chopped anchovies, and cook stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the anchovies have almost "melted away." Add the garlic and chili flakes and cook, stirring all the time, for another minute, so that the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Add the tomatoes, olives, and capers and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the drained spaghetti to the sauce and stir until everything is well combined. If it seems dry, add a little more oil and some of the cooking water.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper as desired.
  • Garnish with parsley or basil, if desired and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

I used Fresh & Easy brown rice spaghetti with good results. My pasta puttanesca was saucier than a classic Italian version would be, since I love tomatoes and didn't want to waste any of this delicious sauce. Use as much sauce as you want to create the version you like best.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *8
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *11
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pasta Alla Puttanesca Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th recipe)
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.7g7%
Carbohydrates 63.6g21%
Fiber 4.7g19%
Protein 8.3g17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta alla puttanesca, spicy spaghetti