Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

From the Post Punk Kitchen blog. This recipe is all Isa- just want to share the delicious joy. I love this and so did my husband, but he thought it was too salty so next time I'll wash off the capers and olives or even reduce the amount of capers. Yum, yum, yum! I left out the olive oil and used spray instead.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the oil and garlic and stir for about a minute, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add herbs, spices and wine; cook for about a minute.
  2. Add olives, capers and tomatoes. Cook for about 15 minutes. You can serve either by scooping quinoa into individual bowls and pouring the sauce over it, or just mix everything into a bowl together and reserve a little sauce to pour over my serving.
  3. To cook quinoa:.
  4. Mix one cup dry quinoa with 2 cups water, bring to a boil then lower heat and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until grain is tender and water has been absorbed.
Most Helpful

Very unique and flavorful! I used fewer capers (I think it was a 3 oz. jar) and more olives. I used Vermouth for the wine, because that was what I happened to have. I loved the idea of serving this sauce over quinoa, which is not only much more nutritious than pasta, but also has more texture. I served it with vegan parmesan sprinkled on top. My vegan BFF and I loved it to death. I will definitely make it again.

Prose March 09, 2011

This recipe was delicious! My dad and I made it and rather than using canned tomatoes we used some fresh salsa he had made earlier that week. The salsa had tomatoes, onions, poblano peppers, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers. Fantastic flavor! Everyone loved it, Thank you!

jessicarassel September 11, 2009

Love quinoa but didn't have any on me so I made this with whole-wheat spaghetti. Very quick, simple puttanesca sauce that I'm sure would be even better with quinoa. I used kalamata olives and some sliced green olives. At first I thought the red pepper flakes were to much but the next day the heat seemed to have subsided (strange, usually that will make it stronger). Very good puttanesca recipe.

EmilyStrikesAgain August 02, 2008