Robin Robertson’s Frittata Puttanesca + One-Dish Vegan Giveaway!

Vegan Frittata Puttanesca

If you’re a long-time Pickles & Honey reader, you probably know that Robin Robertson is one of my favorite cookbook authors (um, banana brown betty anyone?). As I mentioned in a previous post, Robin’s Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook was actually the first cookbook I purchased when I became vegetarian and started cooking for myself back in college. At the time, I really appreciated that her recipes were straight-forward yet consistently delicious, and years later, I still love this about her more recent recipes. They are definite confidence boosters when you’re a little unsure in the kitchen.

One-Dish Vegan

I am so excited to be a part of her latest blog book tour for One-Dish Vegan, which as you can tell from the name, is a continuation of Robin’s easy and delicious approach to food. It includes a little over one hundred and fifty recipes, requiring only one bowl for preparation (and one plate for serving). I love it when clean-up takes no more than a few minutes!

Vegan & GF Frittata Puttanesca

As always, I perused this cookbook for a good long while before narrowing it down to a recipe to share with you (it’s hard to choose when there are meals like Lime-Dressed Vermicelli with Edamame and Green Papaya, Orange-Scented Chipotle Chili, and Mac and Thai). Ultimately, though, I decided on a Frittata Puttanesca. I saw the olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes and I was sold. Plus, I knew Aaron would appreciate a dish that is quintessentially brunch.

Vegan & GF Frittata Puttanesca Recipe

I like that Robin gives the option to sauté the vegetables in water instead of oil, which is something I’ve been playing around with lately, opting to add fats in the form of whole foods. I also skipped the optional vegan mozzarella cheese (not a fan) and found that the nutritional yeast imparted plenty of cheesy flavor. Nutritional yeast is amazing, isn’t it?

Vegan & Gluten-Free Frittata Puttanesca

This frittata turned out beautifully! I only pressed the tofu for about twenty minutes because I forgot to plan ahead, and the finished product still held together. I did have to bake it for about ten minutes longer than Robin suggests, which could have been due to the extra water, or it might just be my wonky oven. Regardless, this recipe was a total success and so flavorful and easy.

Vegan & Gluten-Free Frittata Puttanesca

Frittata Puttanesca (Vegan & Gluten-Free)
Recipe Type: Brunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Recipe © 2013 by Robin Robertson and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press
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Serves: 4
The bold flavors of pasta puttanesca translate beautifully into this vegan frittata. It’s great for brunch or dinner, either served on its own or accompanied by toasted Italian bread and a crisp green salad.
  • 1 pound firm tofu, well drained and blotted dry
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped reconstituted or oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 3 tablespoons water
  • 5 scallions, minced
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup pitted green olives, halved
  • 1 tablespoon capers, chopped if large
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • 1 medium-size tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a shallow 1 1/2‑quart baking dish.
  2. In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the tofu, broth, wine, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of the sun-dried tomatoes and process until smooth and well blended. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil or water in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallions, mushrooms, thyme, dried basil, and salt and pepper to taste, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the remaining sun-dried tomatoes, both kinds of olives, and the capers.
  4. Spread the cooked vegetable mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add the reserved tofu mixture, stirring to combine all of the ingredients, then spread the mixture evenly. Sprinkle on the vegan cheese (if using) and tomato. Bake until firm, golden brown, and slightly puffed up, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with the fresh basil, cut into wedges, and serve hot.


Vegan & Gluten-Free Frittata Puttanesca

How would you like to win a free copy of the One-Dish Vegan cookbook, courtesy of The Harvard Common Press?

The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Tuesday, November 19 at 12pm ET.


Recipe © 2013 by Robin Robertson and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press. Photos copyright Amanda Maguire.

Disclosure: I received One-Dish Vegan for free, but as always, all opinions are my own.


Leave a Comment

  1. Kelly C says

    Mine would have to be hearty beef less stew!

  2. Kristen Hernandez says

    My favorite dish would have to be a 5 bean chili.

  3. Kim Y says
  4. Laura S. says
  5. Does a crockpot count as one dish? I recently found a coconut chicken curry recipe that I absolutely love.

    1. I should say coconut “chicken” curry.

  6. SueAnn says

    Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes! cheesecake factory copycat recipe replacing the butter for vegan butter. Fabulous! You can find the recipe at Rachelrecipelover blog spot

  7. this sounds like a great book and amazing recipe for brunch or any meal. And yes nutritional yeast is just amazing 🙂

  8. Michaela says

    My husband makes a lemongrass tofu stew with baby bok choy, carrots, and all kinds of veggies. Super satisfying!

  9. Do you have to add the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or tapioca starch? I get that it is pat of the binding and texture. Curious if some chia seeds would work instead? Thanks for your post!

    1. Amanda says

      Hi Michelle! I used tapioca starch. I’m not sure about the chia seeds, but you might reach out to Robin to ask her what she thinks.

  10. Nicole says

    What a wonderful giveaway! I love Robin’s recipes but I don’t have a copy of this book yet. I think my favourite one-dish meal is a colourful veggie stir-fry.

  11. My favorite one dish meal is Chana Masala

  12. Lisa Hochstetler says

    My favorite one dish meal is risotto

  13. Shannon says

    OK, that looks amazing. I love puttanesca. I don’t really know what my favorite one dish meal. It feels like all of them use way more dishes than that :(. maybe I really need this book.

    1. Amanda says

      haha Maybe you do need this book! 😉

  14. Nicole Selah Destrampe says

    Shepherds pie is my favorite one dish meal 🙂

  15. sarah says
  16. Nancy says
  17. Becca F says

    I love making baked mac and cheese

  18. Ashley P says

    Chickpeas with kale and brown rice!

  19. Sara says

    Vegan chili from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter”!

  20. Noel says

    Vegetarian chili is my favorite one-pot meal. And it freezes well!

  21. nancy says

    Anything with pasta!

  22. Kelly G. says

    My favorite one-dish meal is a skillet pizza loaded with veggies!

  23. Pamanista says

    Usually a salad is my one disk go to….but this book should help expand that idea!

  24. lymie says

    I like a good stir-fry.

  25. Kim D. says

    I make a great tofu and spinach curried fried rice!

  26. Cadry says

    My favorite one dish meal is a stir-fry with tofu & cashews!

  27. Jasmine B says

    Soup! Its so easy and versatile! I always end up making an everything but the kitchen sink soup at the end of my weeks to use my groceries up.

  28. Madeline says

    Mine is definitely buddha bowls!

  29. Jessie says

    Love an easy but delicious one pot meal for the weekdays. Usually this is a soup or stew so it’d be great to have some creative new recipes for other one pot recipes! Looks like a wonderful cook book! And yes, nutritional yeast is the best. Definitely my favorite new ingredient when I went vegan! I find I crave the flavor of it now instead of dairy cheese.

  30. Lasagna is my latest fave but frittatas always spin my spurs…thanks for the recipe!

  31. Carly M says

    I might have to hop on the shepards pie bandwagon. I always find it delicious, easy, and satisfying.

  32. Stephanie says

    My favorite one-dish meal is vegan pho!

  33. Terri Cole says

    I like to make a one skillet meal with gnocchi, greens, white beans, tomatoes and some seasonings. It’s a veganized Eating Well recipe.

  34. Liz says
  35. Thank you so much for this amazing looking recipe! I love healthy recipes and I will look forward to trying it out and sharing it with my followers. As Arnold says “I’ll be back” 🙂 Thanks again!

  36. Tricia says

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try this. I love Robin Robertson too. The Fire & Spice was a favorite of mine (borrowed from Library and re-checked and re-checked and re-checked and I own her Vegan on the Cheap book because it has gotten me through many a budget crisis! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this and I’m going to get this book!

    1. Amanda says

      I do the exact same thing with library books! You know it’s time to buy when you’ve checked out the same book multiple times. 🙂


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