Slutty Low-Carb Pasta

Now, don’t get excited. This recipe is in no way like Slutty Brownies.

In fact it’s quite the opposite.

A low carb, sugar free, deliciously light and healthy meal. There’s a time and a place for Slutty Brownies, but if you’re following my Anti Diet, then you need to balance them out with some skinny options, like this.

Spaghetti alla puttanesca is an old school Italian recipe translated as “spaghetti a la whore”. It’s been around forever. People argue about where the name came from; my favourite explanation is that it was popularised by prostitutes and mistresses making it for their clients as a midnight snack, as all of the ingredients are pantry staples (no need to pop out for fresh ingredients). Some claim it’s simply a miss pronounciation from the Italian word for “garbage”… slightly less romantic!

But whatever the reason, the sauce is tangy, rich, salty, fresh and requires minimal washing up.

Can you imagine a better midnight snack?!

I replace traditional pasta with Coodles (courgette noodles) just as we did for this recipe.

Deliciously light, crunchy and the perfect vehicle for its slutty sauce.

To serve 2 you’ll need:

3 courgettes (zucchini)

Anchovies (you wont taste them, they just give a salty richness to the dish)

2 cloves of garlic

Handful of capers

Handful of pitted black olives

Chilli flakes

Tin of tomatoes

Olive oil


Get a pan nice and hot, then turn down to a medium heat. I’ve been using Jamie’s pans and I really can’t recommend them enough.

Add a generous glug of olive oil, enough to coat the bottom. Crush two cloves of garlic into the oil. Add three or four anchovies.

The anchovies should start to disintegrate in the oil and the garlic gently brown and soften. Add a sprinkle of chilli flakes to the sizzling oil.

Roughly chop up your black olives and capers and add them too.

Give it all a good stir around and fry for a minute.

Add your tinned toms.

Let it all bubble away, stirring now and then for a few mins. Then put on one side to cool.

Using a spiralizer or a funny mandolin attachment, cut your courgettes into ribbons.

Toss the sauce through your Coodles.

And serve with some fresh parmesan.

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I have tested the recipe on a few (very willing) victims, including mums, dads, rugby players, traditional types, fancy types; and they all, without exception, prefer it to pasta.

So cheers to healthy, easy recipes that taste even better than the real thing!

Even if they are a little bit slutty.

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  • Geena

    I love the effect on your photos, Rosie! How can everything you make look so delicious?!

  • Wow this honestly looks amazing! I have to say I’ve been holding off trying the courgette noodles simply because I’m not a courgette fan. But my friend has just given me a *huge* one from her allotment and now I feel honour bound to eat it! Maybe this may the way forwards? Although with this one whopper of a courgette, I may be able to feed an entire rugby team!


  • We love making zuchinni ‘pasta’ in our house too! Makes one feel like you’re doing something good for your body despite how delicious it is (especially this time of year when the veggies are so fresh and yummy)!


    • Rosie

      I couldn’t agree more Meghan!
      I’ve actually come to the point where I feel this is more of a “treat” than a meal. We’re always taught that a chocolate bar or a burger is a treat, but I feel like something as wholesome as this is really “treating” my body to what it needs and deserves.
      Every bite feels like it’s doing good!

      • andrealeighj

        I agree too! It feels so much better to indulge in a big plate of something that you know your body appreciates. I’m always much more satisfied after clean, whole foods meal!

  • Megan

    Doesn’t the courgette need to be cooked before eating it?

    • Rosie


  • Frankie

    Do you cook the courgette?

    • Rosie

      No! Very quick & easy this way. The courgette keeps all of its nutrients so you don’t lose any goodness. Try it! x

      • Frankie

        I think I will! thank you

      • Liz985

        Just found this on Pinterest, so very late comment, but I love that you don’t cook the zucchini. I love making these into “noodles” but very often they can become too watery. I suspect the heat from the sauce gives them just enough “cooking” time. Can’t wait to try.

  • Emily Kalbun

    Wow, because of my diet I have really missed pasta, so this looks like a perfect recipe for me! Oh by the way, did you not cook the zuchini, or does the sauce make it soft enough without needing to toss it into a pot??

    • Rosie

      No need to cook Em, you’ll love it!
      Try the pesto recipe too! x

      • Emily Kalbun

        sure thing, thanks!

  • Imogen

    That looks amazing Rose! Can’t wait to make it

  • Looks lovely, I might have to give this a go πŸ™‚ another good recipe for the file πŸ˜€

  • This looks incredible, I love pasta but hate having carbs in the evening so this sounds perfect for me πŸ™‚ xx

    Megan /

  • Yekaterina Khegay

    Nice!looks yummy! Thank you Rosie for sharing such useful info, actually I have realized that I have my own Anti Diet, that is similar to yours and I should say that it does wonders overtime:)

    Rosie could you please maybe do a Fish day for a change? I would just looove to see the Fish recipe by you:)

  • Oh it looks so YUMMY!
    Need to make this ASAP.


  • Your receipes always look so amazing Rosie! I must try this out soon.

  • Tamsin Wong

    yes i am loving this recipe and I can’t wait to try it! I agree with Geena, what’s the effect you use to make it look so good or is it just your camera?! X

  • Ruth

    Can’t beat a good Nigella recipe, she is awesome! Lovely photos.

  • Lottie Rose Heyes

    Wow! I can’t wait to try this! Any idea where I can get a decent utensil for making the coodles? πŸ™‚ x

  • Liziheartvegetables

    Yum!! I feel like I need to try this! Any substitutions for the anchovies for us vegetarians? Maybe just lots of salt? haha

  • Now this is my kind of food! I loved the pesto and burrata version and need to try out both as would go down a hit with my boyfriend too! We always buy courgettes and both love healthy dishes
    Hannah |

  • Queenie Lee
  • This looks amazing! I must get a spiralizer!

  • julesinabox

    From the photos it actually looks like you mixed spaghetti noodles with coodles, thats a good way to “deceive” someone who is really picky with food.

    great idea

  • Annabel89

    This looks yummy!! I also use a standard veggie peeler…gives you more like tagliatelle courgette than spaghetti…but means I didn’t have to hunt out a spiraliser πŸ™‚ xx

  • littleonechris

    How could i make the coodles without a spiralizer?

  • Beccy

    Puttanesca is one of my favourite Italian dishes, it really is so tasty. I have never tried to make it myself though and have been looking for a recipe to try out. Thank you for sharing your version – I will try this out.

    Beccy :

  • Sammy

    How do you associate prostitutes and mistresses as a “romantic” story!?

  • Yummy yummy. Definitely temped to get a spiralizer. I think your kali spera dip would taste great with courgette noodles, and tomatoes.
    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • I could have a big bowl of this right now… I’m always craving pasta, would LOVE a healthier version that’s just as tasty! Really excited about this πŸ™‚

  • Sammy

    How do you associate prostitutes and mistresses with “romantic” stories!?

  • I need a spiralizer in my life! I make a puttanesca with wholewheat spaghetti, but would love to try your Coodle version, it looks divine.

    Hugs xoxo

  • Cat

    Has anybody tried this? and if so, is it filling like spagetti…?

    I’m tempted to try as I’ve seen people doing this a lot recently.


    • Lisa Rose

      Hi Cat, I have made the Pesto Coodles with Burrata that Rosie posted the link to above for my family. The consistency is very much like al dente pasta, ieveryone said it was filling, just mix in the sauce carefully, don’t want to break your lovely Coodles πŸ™‚

  • Sammy

    How do you associate prostitutes and mistresses with “romantic” stories!?

  • Steph Strays

    This looks delish. I was stuffed before I read this and now I’m hungry again. I will be trying this for sure!

  • this looks so interesting. i’ve never heard of it. looks good though!


  • I made zoodles for the second time last night. Hubs was convinced I snuck some pasta in – he said I was very sneaky! It just proves that zucchini/courgette is a perfect substitute to noodles!

  • Right must purchase a corguette cutter spiralizer! Good work Rose! Little London Girl x

  • arielle q.

    this looks delicious. I can hardly believe that it’s good for you!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Amber

    Looks delicious! Which spiralizer do you own? I am in the market for a new one as mine is rubbish!

  • This looks so good! x

  • Looks so good! I always enjoy your recipes because they are packed with flavor. I have meant to order a spiralizer since your last coodles post and still haven’t. I’m on it today!

  • Liz

    this looks so fantastic. I made one with pesto a while back but I will try this version too!

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    beautiful! love spaghetti noodles! πŸ™‚

    ladies in navy

  • Definitely trying this!

  • Rose I wanted to ask the same question, your photos look like illustrations. How do you achieve that effect? Is it just the Lumix or do you use a special software?

    Gorgeous shots, starving now! xA

  • Eguono Ogueh

    That pasta looks so yummy! x

    Gegsy Lifestyle & Fashion Blog

  • The sauce looks so good, I want to try it with normal pasta first πŸ™‚ Haha when I read the title of this post, I really did think of the slutty brownies! πŸ˜‰

  • I’m desperate to give courgetti noodles a whirl. I can’t eat gluten so this is the perfect healthy alternative. MUST cook it soon.

    Mel x

  • This looks delicious. I will give it a try!

  • I know it’s ‘bikini time’ and this recipe looks and sounds delicious…yet these slutty brownies are so…slutty?!

  • nicelygarcia

    You mean LOW Carb, love. Vegetables and fruits still have carbs (they’re just the “good” carbs, as your body digests them more slowly than say bread or pasta carbs). This definitely still has carbs…just FYI.

  • saradujour

    Looks delicious, and watching a zucchini go through a spiralizer is a lot of fun!



  • Photos are amazing! They look so retro and beautiful!

  • Keva

    Love this, healthy option is always good but it also looks very tasty.

  • Athena

    Got a call from my mum she made coodles at a dinner party after I had made it. It’s perfect since we’ve got way too many growing in the garden! Courgettes are probably the most versatile veggie?!

  • Zucchini pasta is one of my favourite summer meals! I’ve never added anchovies but I love my salty foods, so i’ll have to try it!

  • This looks so good! I need a spiralizer now haha πŸ™‚

  • Peppermint Dolly
  • this looks SO nice and I am now very hungry x


  • Oh my goodness, this looks amazing – my perfect ‘pasta’ dish as I don’t eat wheat and pasta anymore πŸ™‚ Fabulous recipe

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Spaghetti is the answer to all prayers… πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca Brett

    Lovely recipe, very similar to Rachel Khoo’s recipe from her Cosmopolitan Cook series!

  • maisie

    how posh actually are you? who the hell has anchovies and capers just lying around in the pantry? who even has a pantry? i try making some kind of dish like this and the poor alarm will go off i don’t even know what capers are i’ll stick to my dolmio microwave pasta

    • Sharla Hanna

      ha! I actually had capers and anchovy paste…. but it was the olives I didn’t have!

  • Mmm I need to try these coodles! The way you said they crunch really make me want them right now haha!

  • The sauce sounds so good! I can’t wait to try this . . . and now I’m going to need a spiralizer, just so I can have something to eat the sauce with!

  • Lisa Rose

    I’m using a hand held julienne thingy to make my Courgetti. It works fine but the ribbons are thinner, like Angel Hair pasta. I definitely have to dry them out on some paper towel before serving. Kitchen smells fantastic with the sauce bubbling away.

  • Sophie Jane Cheval
  • Naomi Buckley

    Can’t wait to try this, your recipes are the best!

  • Dressed with soul

    Thanks a lot, I’m convinced this recipe is so yummy – not only as I love capers and anchovis! I will try it as soon as possible πŸ™‚
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Issea Patel

    wow its to tasty when you arange party please invite me also.

  • This looks absolutely amazing!


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • Nichola Allan

    I need a spiraliser…any recommendations for a good one?

  • Emma Reilly

    Wow! Can’t wait to try this! I’m always looking for healthier alternatives! Great photos x

  • Chick Fighting Forty

    Oh my… this is a must-try!

  • Amy

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious. I have even managed to convert my boyfriend (a pasta fanatic) to coodles!

  • i make zucchini noodles too! but i dont know how in the word you got them so perfectly round? i just use a peeler to get more flat shaped noodles. its a brilliant idea.


    A Beautiful Zen

  • Steph

    This looks sooo yummy!

  • Maria

    Looks too good! I am in London tomorrow – I know this is your own made, but where can I eay something similar?! Anyone any recommendations are welcome! πŸ™‚

  • LilylovesLola

    Definitely going to make this. I am back on the low carb wagon so this is perfect!

  • Damian Sz.

    It looks so fantastic. Can’t wait to try out this pasta dish mhm . . .

  • Lucy Victoria

    Ah, this looks to die for! Healthy too; I shall be trying this one out πŸ™‚
    Life inside the Locket

  • Little Miss Hungry

    God this looks good! I’ll have to try it – I did my own version here!

  • Daniella Baggaley

    This looks amazing, but i’m even more in love with your crockery! Who is it by?

  • Hazard B.

    Found this via Pinterest – thank you for posting this – we are going to be trying it out this week !

  • Foodie

    Spiralizer extremely healthy tool!! Be careful they are sharp but make perfect zuke pasta!!

  • Sarika Ambasna

    Got a Spiralizer for Christmas and just made this recipe, just delicious thankyou for sharing!!!

  • Charlotte

    I love courgetti. I usually boil it though, does it get slightly cooked by the hot sauce?

  • Vicki Cotton

    Tried this recipe……absolutely yummy

  • Clara Mallinckrodt

    Dear Rosie, I just bought a spiralizer because I HAD to try this recipe but my courgettes leaked abut 200ml of water and the sauce became runny and watery! Do you have any suggestions to prevent this happening?
    Lots of love, Clara xxx

  • Sarah Benians

    Hi Rosie, I did this recipe the other day, it was lovely! I just wanted to check that the courgette noodles should be served raw? I followed the recipe and wasn’t until the end that I realised this! They were nice but quite crunchy!

  • randerae

    This was lovely, my favorite part was the anchovies!

  • AoifeAtTheFort

    I love courgette noodles, but mine always come out really wet. Like water-all-over-my-plate wet. Yours look perfect though, did you just serve them straight after spiralizing?

  • Cake & Whisky

    As it happens, skipping the anchovies nd adding a bit of soy sauce makes for an equally delicious veggie version! Thanks for inspiring me Rose!


  • dmartini

    Tried this recipe just last night- it was amazing. Probably the best pasta sauce i’ve ever made!! This is the first recipe i’ve used from this site and I will definitely be back to try more.

  • Alana

    What wine did you serve with this dish?

  • looks like a great gf free dish. will need to try this.

  • Swinny

    Wow – looks amazing, trying this tonight!

  • Jessie

    Have you tried this recipe with meat/ hamburger in it?

  • Nicole Kempski

    Made this for dinner tonight! It was awesome…my 9 y/o had seconds (maybe thirds). This recipe was worth the spiralizer alone! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ras T

    Looks delish. This will be my first meal using zucchini noodles. Thanks for posting.

  • This looks utterly delicious! I’m always searching for low carb options to add to my meals… this is a winner!

    If you love your health and want to add other elements to improve your lifestyle then is my new venture that can be your holiday home too πŸ™‚

  • Aimee Suebobjoe H

    YUMMY!!! Get in my belly!!!

  • glenzoid999

    I made this and it was yum! I added the courgette to the tomato and cooked for just a few minutes. I also added some meatballs. The flavors just pop all over your mouth and it doesn’t leave you feeling bloated afterwards like spaghetti. Great low carb option.

  • Rob Oliphant

    Ok, so I was referred to your website by a friend. I tried this as my first recipe. Even my NO VEGETABLES EVER 5 year totally demolished this meal. I was dumbfounded. I had hardly got any of mine into his mouth before his bowl was scrapped clean.

  • Steph

    Made this last night for the first time and had to comment – YUM. Can’t believe how much the sauce tasted like sauce from an Italian restaurant. I don’t like olives/capers so I chopped up some cherry tomatoes for extra texture (and because I love cherry tomatoes) and had them in the pan with the garlic and anchovies. I don’t eat seafood at all and especially not anchovies but I gave it a go with 3 and I’m so happy I did. I also added some chopped up chicken breast, just cooked til it was white all over and mixed through the finished sauce, to add some extra protein. SO easy and SO yum, it’s definitely going to become a staple!!

  • Kathy Ebeling LeRoy

    Is there a way to print the recipes? I know it’s old fashioned by I would love to print this.

  • The Hipster Imposter

    This is incredible, so easy to make and healthy to boot! I chucked in a bit of chorizo too, why not.
    Perhaps less healthy that way though…
    I love your stuff – crediting you in my latest blog tonight too!

  • Gomada

    I found this recipe on pinterest and was pleasantly surprised it was your recipe! I love your posts on insta and was fun to finally check out your blog- keep up the good work! Cheers from San Francisco! xx

  • Just made this for my dinner tonight, really delicious! I left out the anchovies and cheese but still great.

  • flevans

    Oh my goodness.
    This is the best thing I’ve eaten in months.
    Thank you for this recipe.

  • Helen

    Just popped this on my mealplan this week – never tried courgetti before but this looks like a good place to start! H xx

  • Lauren

    I know I’m late to the party but OMG this is so yummy. Thank you for posting.

  • Taylor

    How many ounces of tomatoes do you use? Crushed or diced? Thanks!

  • Tammy Murphy

    Wow, this looks soooo good! I’d like to feature this on Zucchini Noodle Recipes if you don’t mind!

  • Melissa

    What would you cook with this? It looks amazing but my family puts food away so what meat could I add to this?

  • Lauren

    I tried this out tonight. It’s alright but not my favorite. Probably won’t make again.

  • Sharla Hanna

    a couple questions : how many anchovies? And The diced canned tomatoes I have, I’m thinking they should be drained?