This allergy friendly Chicken Puttanesca Pasta (AIP/Paleo) contains no tomatoes (or other nightshades)! Try it on cassava pasta, sweet potato noodles, or zoodles.
Puttanesca (poo-tah-NES-ka) sauce, also called “Harlot’s Sauce,” is usually full of nightshades. As its name implies, it is normally a spicy sauce, traditionally made with tomatoes, etc. For those of us sensitive to nightshades, that is a big ol’ negatory.
There are ways, however, to trick our brains into thinking that we are eating tomato sauce. Color and acidity are key. That’s what I’ve endeavored to do here. I’m going for color, acidity, and the traditional flavors of green olives, capers, and anchovies. (Hey, leave out what you don’t like. It’s your dinner!)
Alcohol in AIP cooking
You will see that there is red wine in this recipe. Please do not freak out. Wine is ok in an AIP recipe if it is cooked off, which it is here. If you feel twitchy about cooking with wine, leave it out. The red wine vinegar should yield enough acidity to suit our purposes.
Other tomato-less dishes
I have two other recipes for tomato-less pasta sauces! Try my AIP Spaghetti Sauce (TOTALLY legit!), and my Amatriciana Sauce, a tomato-like sauce with bacon and onions. These sauces, including Puttanesca, can go atop zoodles, spaghetti squash, Jovial cassava pasta and sweet potato glass noodles.
Though it’s not a pasta dish, I also have a recipe for some hearty red Chili! It’s in my mini e-cookbook, Simply Flavorful. Check it out here!
Here’s hoping you find ways to enjoy a nightshade-free life, fellow AIPers! Wishing you great love and deep healing.
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This looks very good and I am planning on making it tonight. I have never used anchovies before. The recipe calls for 2-3. Do they go in whole or do I chop them up first, so they get distributed throughout the dish? I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Hi, Cathy! I love questions like these. I applaud you for trying something new! Anchovies come in a tin as small, thin filets. You’ll use 2-3 of them. Throw ’em in whole. They are delicate, and will break up as they cook. Pro tip: place the rest of the tin in a zip top bag, and freeze them. That way, you will have some if you decide to make it again sometime. Or for Caesar dressing! Since they are packed in olive oil, they will thaw quickly the next time you want to snatch a couple out of the tin. I’m here if you need me!
Thanks for the tip(s). Haha! You read my mind about what to do with the leftover anchovies. Glad to know they are easy to save. I have a tin in my pantry that I bought because I saw them in another recipe. Maybe someday I will remember what it was for!
Hi Wendi, I finally made the dish and my son and I really enjoyed it. We like tangy foods and this was great. My husband has a great dislike for olives, so he tolerated it, but it will not go on his favorites. I put mine on hearts of palm pasta and it was great fun to enjoy an Italian-y pasta meal.
Hiiiiii! 👋🏼 So glad you like it, even if your hubby is not an olive fan. 😆 I haven’t tried hearts of palm pasta yet. What’s it like?
Hearts of palm pasta is similar to zoodles in that they have very little flavor of their own and have a slight crunch. But they look like real noodles because they are white. I wish I had taken a picture to send you! The big advantage is that they are shelf stable. I use the one from Trader Joe’s which lists only hearts of palm as an ingredient. I saw them canned at Costco, but they did include ascorbic acid. I don’t know if they are sustainable/eco-friendly, but I will investigate before I buy more.