Giada De Laurentiis’ Radiatore alla Puttanesca


Looking for a delicious and unique pasta recipe to impress your family and friends? Look no further than radiatore pasta! Radiatore is a short, squiggly pasta shape that is perfect for capturing sauce in its nooks and crannies. In this recipe, we will combine radiatore pasta with a flavorful tomato and vegetable sauce, creating a mouthwatering dish that is sure to delight your taste buds. Whether you’re a pasta lover or simply looking to try something new, this radiatore pasta recipe is a must-try!


To make this scrumptious radiatore pasta dish, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound of radiatore pasta
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. Cook the radiatore pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the diced bell pepper and zucchini to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables become tender.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes, diced tomatoes, dried oregano, and dried basil to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the cooked radiatore pasta to the skillet and toss everything together until the pasta is well-coated with the sauce.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish the pasta with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.
  7. Serve the radiatore pasta hot and enjoy!


Q: Can I use a different pasta shape for this recipe?

A: Absolutely! While radiatore pasta works well for this recipe, feel free to use your favorite pasta shape. Penne, fusilli, or farfalle would also work great with the tomato and vegetable sauce.

Q: Can I add meat to this pasta dish?

A: Certainly! If you prefer a meatier pasta, you can add cooked Italian sausage, ground beef, or grilled chicken to the sauce. Simply cook the meat separately and stir it into the sauce before adding the pasta.

Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can make the tomato and vegetable sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat the sauce and cook the radiatore pasta fresh.

Q: Is this recipe vegetarian-friendly?

A: Yes, this radiatore pasta recipe is vegetarian-friendly as it does not contain any meat. However, if you use Parmesan cheese for garnish, make sure it is vegetarian-friendly or omit it if needed.

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: While it is possible to freeze the leftovers, the texture of the pasta may change slightly upon thawing and reheating. We recommend enjoying the radiatore pasta fresh or refrigerating any leftovers for up to 2 days.

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