Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca Sauce

Spicy sauce with tomatoes, capers, and olives.

This spaghetti sauce originated in the Isle of Ischia, near Naples. The word puttanesca is derived from «puttana», a colloquial term for prostitute. Some claim that the sauce earned its name because of its spicy flavor. Another theory holds that it got its name because it cooks quickly - even women with very busy work schedules could prepare it, or so the story goes.

6 servings (450 ml)
Preparation 5 min
Cooking 10 min

70 calories per serving 


1 1/2 cup canned tomatoes (diced)   380 g
1 tbsp olive paste   16 g
3 1/2 tsp capers, coarsely chopped   10 g
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped    
2 tbsp Parsley and Garlic Base (Recipe)   30 mL
3 tbsp olive oil   45 mL
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    


  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the finely chopped garlic, 1 min taking care not to let it burn. Add the coarsely chopped capers, olive paste, parsley and garlic base, and tomatoes.
  2. Cook, uncovered, for 7-8 min over low heat while stirring from time to time. Add salt and pepper to taste.


This sauce can be stored in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (60g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




7 g

11 %

Saturated 1 g
+ Trans 0 g

5 %


0 mg


140 mg

6 %


3 g

1 %


1 g

2 %


1 g


1 g

Vitamin A

15 %

Vitamin C

15 %


2 %


6 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ½ serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Cholesterol, Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of :
Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Excellent source of :
Vitamin K
Diet-related health claims :
Artery-healthy, Heart-healthy

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This recipe is in the following categories: Tomatoes | Sauces & Dips | Artery-healthy | Halal | Heart-healthy | Kosher | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Vegan | Vegetarian | Italian

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