(Not A) Fashion Faux Pas-ta Puttanesca

My kitchen resembles that of a ZOO most of the time… 


So it was almost MANDATORY that I be invited to a prescreening of the new ZOOlander movie.


See what I did there? 

During the movie, there were MANY O’ fishy faces made…

Just another similarity to my kitchen, perhaps? 

Along with TONS of visual stimulation, including…

  • The ludicrous fashion statements
  • Mugatu and Alexanya Atoz’s make out session
  • Penelope Cruz’s… High beams? 

Penelope Cruz's ASSETS GRABBED By Ben Stiller  ZOOLANDER 2 web

  • The death of Justin Bieber
  • Zoolander‘s son’s hair
  • And the fact that…  



There was ONE OTHER thing that truly stuck out to me in this movie… Aside from Benedict Cumberbatch

The fact that one of my favorite dishes on the face of the planet was labeled “FATTENING”! 

Pasta Puttanesca. puttanesca

To prove to Zoolander, Hansel, and Mugatu (along with all fashion designers out there who tell models to quit eating)… that this DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THE CASE… I did what I do best and gave this recipe a healthy make-over.

I know for A FACT, that if the puttanesca I recreated was actually an outfit, and I wore it to a star-studded event… The late Joan Rivers would dub me the QUEEN OF FASHION.

I can see it on the runway now… Fashion inspired by GiGi Eats Celebrities Recipes!

Sure, you might think I am bias, considering this recreated puttanesca is my own creation but… I had a taste tester… And she too agreed!

(Not A) Fashion Faux Pa-sta… Puttanesca 


  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 14 olives, chopped
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, halved
  • 1 cup chunky tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 can anchovies packed in olive oil
  • 1 can tuna packed in olive oil
  • 2 tbs oregano
  • 1 tbs capers
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 whole, small spaghetti squash, roasted

If you’re anything like Zoolander (hopefully you’re not?)… Then you might not be able to read good, so why not just watch the latest Zoolander-Inspired GiGi Eats Celebrities YouTube video in order to learn how to create the dish every supermodel would have NO PROBLEM chowing down on the night before a nude photo shoot! 


So Tell Me… 

  • Who saw Zoolander 2? Thoughts…  
  • What GiGi Eats recipes could you see “strutting” down the runway?
  • What’s your favorite zoo animal?
  • How do you spaghetti squash?
  • Anchovies: yay or nay? 
  • What random fact, off the top of your head, do you know about a specific food (i.e. capers are high in quercetin, a natural antihistamine)?


  1. This sounds bomb.com. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some salmon outfits walk the runway!

    • BAH HA HA HA! I am pretty sure you have! Speaking of salmon, that would ALSO be really good in this recipe!
      JUST SAYING – he he!

  2. Haven’t seen Zoolander 2 yet but this post makes me interested, Spaghetti Squash is a great substitute for any noodle dishes and hold the anchovies!

  3. I love this in the “pasta bowl.” I also love saying “putanesca.” I sounds so dirty.

    • RIGHT?!?!? Just listen to my friend Vianessa say it in the video. Ohhh man, every man around the world would … Um, sprout? lol!

  4. I’m undecided if I want to see Zoolander. It’s obviously dumb humour and I don’t find it as appealing as I did 10 years ago so I might just want to leave my memories of zoolander untarnished.

  5. This so funny! “What accents are we talking in now?” *goes into country accents*

    spaghetti squash for the win!

  6. How fun! I love spaguetti squash and I’m always looking for new recipes. Will have to try this one. Thanks for sharing

  7. OH MY GOSH, this sounds amazing! I love spaghetti squash but never feel creative enough with it so I always forget about it at the grocery store. But…um…YES PLEASE!

    • Perhaps I motivated you to get a little bit creative with it? This recipe is so simple and takes literally 10 minutes to make (well, baking the squash takes longer but the sauce – next to no time!)

  8. Now here is a spicy dish that works for me! As I’m not adverse to pasta, I can do it that way also, as variety is the spice of life, no?

    I am adverse to zoos, however. They make me feel sad for the animals that belong in their free range to live as they deserve.

    I do spaghetti squash exploded all over the kitchen :-)

  9. OMG. Your pictures are hilarious! Also, I love the idea doing the puttanesca in the spaghetti squash bowl. I’ll definitely be making this (minus the tuna/anchovies) Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re very welcome!! Isn’t the “bowl” an awesome idea! 😉 I actually even eat the bowl when everything else inside is done! 😉

  10. I’m so obsessed with Zoolander and this recipe looks amazing!

  11. I love Puttanesca. I love spaghetti squash. I love that you married them and gave them a baby. A baby I will eat.

  12. PFFFF pasta fattening?! not real. regardless i am loving your version of it, because it looks BOMB and you threw artichoke hearts in there which i love.
    I also read your comment on someone elses blog post (lol, creep) about your fiance running the LA marathon. What a BEAST!!! Congratulate him for me.

    • I welcome stalkers with open arms, and for you, my arms are spread even WIDER! LOL!!!
      He’s a crazy… Didn’t even train for that thing. Now he’s hobbling like a broken person.

  13. Love reading your post! Pasta in a squash bowl… that’s a neat idea. Yay to anchovy. It’s healthy and yummy when fried to crisp.

  14. My favorite zoo animal is the monkeys. They are so fun to watch.

  15. The movie sucked. We all know it. Great southern accent.

  16. I love spaghetti squash, never done it like that though! Haven’t seen Zoolander yet but hope to

  17. This sounds amazing. Can it be made without meat as I don’t do meat.

  18. This was so much fun! I haven’t seen the movie but now I might! I’ve made stuffed squash before now I’ll have to try it your way.

  19. Delicious your recipe a la puttanesca …and the site is very fun!

  20. Haha! This video cracked me up. You guys’ constantly changing accents were too much (in a good way, obviously)! 😉 I haven’t seen Zoolander 2 yet, but it’s on the list!

    • You can just re-watch this video several times over… It’s just like Zoolander – ha ha! AKA: ALL over the place 😉

  21. I’ve never had puttanesca though I imagaine I’d love it. You’re version looks pretty damn good. I’ve never done anchovies either…not sure how THAT happened. I eat everything.

    I haven’t seen Zoolander 2. I didn’t even know it was being made. If it’s not a kid movie I’m pretty out of the loop and even then I’m way out there, like Pluto’s orbit out there.

    My favorite zoo animal is the Jaguar, the America’s only big cats. I don’t have food trivia (except pork makes me gassy) but I can share that there is no biodiversity in the jaguar population, meaning jaguars range from the US all the way down to South America and they all intermingle.

    • So my guess is ZOOTOPIA is on your radar… Because that’s my new movie “review” and recipe I will be creating… But that won’t be for at least 2 weeks, which gives you PLENTY of time to try this recipe… And use EXTRA ANCHOVIES!! 😉

  22. This sounds de-lish! I haven’t seen Zoolander 2 yet, but I know it will happen soon. Maybe I’ll make this for the occasion.

  23. Wow, this honestly looks amazing and has two of my favorite foods!

  24. Anchovies in spagthetti squash? Would Blue Steel even do that? Who cares, you did and BS got nothing on you!!!!!!!! I dig your Zealander dedication girl!

  25. I love anchovies but it depends on where it is used and how it was cooked, we have lots of Filipino recipes that calls the fermented ones

  26. Did not see it! I have no answers for you today & believe it or not, I have never had spagetti squash! I should because I am not a pasta fan.


  27. ooh artichokes I haven’t had those in a while! Anchovies not so much love there

  28. This is probably one of the best looking recipes you’ve made in a while!! I adore all things Italian, and I would totally make this with REALLLL PASTA cause spag squash makes me BLOAT AS A GOAT. I don’t like the zoo…it’s like prison. Hmmm what else can I say that’s negative!? HAHAHA.

    • BAH HA since… The recipe you and I made together perhaps?! There is something about STUFFING SQUASH that just makes food look so sexy… RIGHT?!

      And how much do you miss spaghetti squash? Surprisingly I was A-OK yesterday! 😮 AND TODAY!

  29. LOL! Such a fun post! I just saw Zoolander 2 and it’s hilarious!

    • I am glad you enjoyed it!! I would love to serve this meal to Mugatu… It would be interesting to hear his thoughts 😉

  30. Anchovies yay tuna nay the rest is perfect. Horny goat weed is good for something can’t remember though.
    Coolios tricked out tilapia is a classic :) Not a fan of zoo’s kind of 1800 ish. I enjoyed this video a lot of fun !! :)

  31. That’s awesome you got to screen the movie! Yum, that dish looks amazing and pfff, it can’t be bad for you if ya don’t care.

  32. Your kitchen is either a zoo…or a batting cage. bahaha, but foreal, this looks delicious!

    Sarah Grace

    • You’ve been to this ZOO first hand…. Oh man, imagine if my kitchen were a Batting Cage Zoo……. Er, um… Animal cruelty? lol!

  33. love me anchovies all the way..however spaghetti squash, not a big fan 😛

    • OMG HOW ON EARTH IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?!?! LOL!!! Well it’s okay, you can put this sauce over butternut squash noodles or zoodles?!

  34. I haven’t seen it yet but I look forward to it.
    That dish looks awesome (minus the anchovies) but I’m way too full from dinner we just had a the cheesecake factory for my friend’s birthday.

  35. Haha! Too funny. I’m looking forward to watching Zoolander 2 😀

  36. Definitely in the top three weirdest videos you’ve ever posted hahaha and I love you for it! I had honestly never even heard about puttanesca until now so I guess you learn something new every day.

    • BAH HA HA HA HA! WHAT are the other 2? LOL! I love this ridiculous video 😉 I cannot watch it with out dying laughing, won’t lie to you! Good thing I find myself just OH SO AMUSING? lol! I am never bored when I am alone, CLEARLY!

      AND YOU NEED puttanesca in your life, RIGHT NOW!

  37. I’ll take the spaghetti squash with all the sauces (just skip the tuna & anchovies :-) ).

  38. IM SO SO SO BRINGING THE TEN YEAR OLD (and her Blue Steel) to see the movie.
    It’s how I mothers :-)

  39. So I’m itching and I mean itching to try spaghetti squash but I’ve been so skeptical about it. Love how it turned out in the video. I definitely think I’ll give it a try now. Oh and you guys are absolutely hilarious. Loved the vid!

    • Skeptical?!?!?! WHY? You must must must try it! It’s so dang good! If you can believe it, I used to eat 2 whole ones EVERY SINGLE DAY! 😮

      And I won’t lie to you – I cannot watch the video without laughing SO HARD! LOL!

  40. Gimme some of that!
    I think we are going to see Zoolander tonight. It better be as good as the first!

  41. I love Puttanesca & I follow fashion. Marrying the 2 is a stroke of genius. All I can say is you hav too much fun in your kitchen & in your blogs.

    • Yes, I do have a little TOO MUCH fun in my kitchen sometimes….. Sometimes the food ends up on the floor.

      And I will eat it off the floor. LOL!

  42. I love Squash and Spaghetti I love this Version of spaghetti Squash Puttanesca….And I watched Zoolander 2 at some point on Vals day or was it past midnight lol. Either way we laughed our way home :)

    • Ha Ha! The best way to spend Valentine’s Day (or any day in general) is to LAUGH!

      • He hee hheeee Trust me GiGi we laughed so hard and I bet that was the aim of Zoolander 2 coz it didnt make much sense beyond the power of Love, and that whatever we set our minds to do we can achieve, inside all the fashion faux-pas they made lol! So Shall I tell you a secret,,, I tried this recipe today…yummmmmmm so popped over to tell you :)

        • YOU TRIED IT!!!! YAYYAYAYYAYAYA! I AM BEYOND THRILLED YOU DID and I am also SOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY that you really enjoyed it!! It’s a total KEEPER in my recipe rolodex for sure!! YES! You just made my day x10000!

  43. Interesting recipe. But, I love any thing spaghetti squash so I’d try it!

  44. Yummo! I’m a fan of anchovies, especially on pizza! Fave animal… giraffe- DUH!

  45. Oh my, Benedict Cumberbatch is scary there! I love him.
    I don’t know Puttanesca but Cassidy makes spaghetti squash..spaghetti, and I’m a fan.

  46. Your recipe sounds delicious! And I can’t wait to see Zoolander 2 I recently watched the 1st one again and I was LMAO. Great post looks like you all had a lot of fun

  47. I actually wasn’t a fan of the first Zoolander movie ( I know, gasp!) so I probably won’t see this one, but that pasta sure looks good! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ha ha, no worries – each to their own… Zoolander is definitely a “campy” kind of movie for sure!

      Regardless though, I have a feeling you’ll like this dish!

  48. Oh, yum! That looks and sounds delicious. How dare them label this as fattening. LOL. Although I know your recipe is better!

    • Oh yes, my recipe is the MADE OVER version of this delicious sauce, however the sauce in general (even when not given a little GiGi-spin) is in fact already healthy!

  49. You do lead an interesting life! Always fun to see what’s happening in your world. :-) Anyway, love puttanesca sauce! Haven’t thought to put tuna in it, but like the idea. And the artichoke hearts are inspired. Thanks!

    • Never a dull moment over here in GiGi-Land! ha ha ha! I like to let you and everyone else who comes to visit in on that 😉

  50. I’m really undecided about Zoolander 2. I mean, can it/does it live up to the blue steel majesty of the first one??
    This pasta I can get behind though. Maybe minus the anchovies.

    • Hmmmmm you’ll have to be the judge of that one…
      If you were sitting next to my in the theater, you would have DEFINITELY known my thoughts.
      *cough* lol

  51. TOTALLY loving this recipe, GiGi! I will make this for sure because it’s got all my fav ingredients. Great job!
    Weird fact : Strawberries and raspberries aren’t really berries in the botanical sense. They are derived from a single flower with more than one ovary, making them an aggregate fruit. True berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower with one ovary and typically have several seeds!

    Haven’t even seen Zoolander 1, lol. I’ll get to them eventually :)

    • I actually SORT OF knew that raspberry fact, but not to the extent that you know it!!! So thank you for teaching me something new 😉

      And I am slightly shocked you have never even see Zoolander 1 – ha ha ha! Well you have to see that one before you see the second one, if you ever do 😉

  52. Another thing we have in common…puttanesca is my FAV sauce in the whole wide world, but it’s probably because I’m totally in love with capers and anchovies. I will put anchovies on anything and you don’t even have to dare me. I’m so bad-ass that I’ll eat them right out of the jar! I will also make your version of puttanesca and eat it right outta the pot! #badassmofo PS: I’m super jelly that you got to go to the Zoolander 2 prescreening but glad you had lots of fun 😉

    • GIRLLLLL WE BE TWINS! I eat jars/cans of anchovies ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He HE He!
      And if you’re a #BADASSMOFO eating it out of the pot than SO AM I – ha ha ha aha! It’s kinda nuts how similar we are 😉

  53. The post is fantastic! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice day!


  54. Welllll lets see…I am not a huge spaghetti squash fan. I don’t eat meat so I do not know about anchovies. As for random food facts, let’s see…I am researching Oreo flavors (my job is hard) and discovered that there are red velvet Oreo’s. That’s not anything unknown or anything but it was new and disturbingly exciting to me:)

  55. I love spaghetti squash! It’s one of my favorite kinds of squash & I haven’t made it in a few months, surprisingly.

  56. You guys are nuts.

    I must admit the recipe looks pretty tasty though!

    You’ll need to try a Scottish accent next time. I’d love to hear you try that. 😆

  57. I have low hopes for this movie but FOR SURE I have to see Zoolander 2! Great defatted recipe lol, I hope to you can present it too Zoolander with Blue Steel to show how wrong he is.

  58. What a fun post. I can’t wait to see the movie!

  59. This recipe looks fabulous! Didn’t see the movie…. but your photos are so cute and you ALWAYS keep me laughing! I enjoy stopping in to read your posts, to get a good chuckle and to grab up what always looks like the next best recipe to try! :)

    • HE HE HE! Well shoot, no need to see the movie if you don’t want to over-load with the laughing 😉

      That being said, you NEED to try this recipe. It’s MANDATORY that it happens this weekend! I want a full report about it by Monday! lol

  60. I need to give spaghetti squash a try. The pictures of your spaghetti squash puttanesca looks amazing! It makes me want something really wholesome for lunch!

  61. I haven’t seen it yet but supposed to make it tonight- woot! woot! And your pasta sounds amazing!!!

  62. What a great idea with the puttanesca! So much goodness stuffed into these delicious spaghetti squash.

  63. LMAO as always! I can’t wait to see Zoolander 2, now more than ever! And a big yay to spaghetti squash. Coincidentally I just reshared my former recipe redux post for Spaghetti Squash Lasagna right before heading over here :)

  64. You crack me up! Of all Ben Stiller’s movies, Zoolander was the only one I ever actually enjoyed. I think I will have to see Zoolander 2 after this review… as well as use the squash on my counter to make this recipe! YUM!

    • CRACK OPEN that spaghetti squash, right this instant… And crack open your wallet to buy yourself a ticket to see Zoolander 2!!

  65. This looks yummy! I’m a little late to the game of using veggies like squash or zucchini as a sub for noodles in pasta. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m convinced! Great recipe – will have to try it.

  66. Love the recipe and spaghetti squash. Sadly I’m the only one in my family who likes anchovies so I’ll have to make this for myself. Did you know that a caper is actually a flower? It’s true.

    • Hey, that’s not really all that sad – YOU DONT HAVE TO SHARE! 😉
      Or you can just make this recipe without anchovies!

  67. HA HA HA that would be an interesting fashion show to be at. I’ve never had puttanesca before but if it’s good I don’t care if it’s fattening. Just means a longer run.

    • And honestly, it’s really not fattening in it’s NORMAL state… I think in the movie they’re just referring to the spaghetti… Cause CARBS… And you know Hollywood & Carbs? lol

  68. Ha ha, that would be a crazy show! And the recipe looks great, I adore using spaghetti squash in place of pasta. Thanks!

  69. I can’t believe they made a 2nd one. I do like squash spaghetti

  70. Looks like a lot of fun! can’t wait to watch the movie.

  71. Love the photos. Its funny! Ohhh your pasta looks delicious. Would love to taste it :)

    • Well you can easily taste it if you try and make it this weekend or…….. Apple GETS ON IT and makes a computer where you can reach your hand through the screen! 😉

  72. Lol! Such a fun post! That recipe really does look good! I’ve never tasted spaghetti squash, but I think it would taste delicious!

    • OMG NEVER TASTED IT????? Can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE change this this weekend Jessica and report back your thoughts?!

  73. Spaghetti squash seems to be the original zoodle! I’m not much of a movie-goer, but this movie sure looks like a lot of fun!

  74. Such a GREAT squash recipe! I love that filling..sensational!

  75. Wow that is Benedict Cumberbatch? The hair!! Haha.

    I love how the squash is the bowl for this pasta goodness!

    • Ah ha ha ha! Yeahhhhhhh B.C. is looking rather ODD in this movie – ha ha! But the squash is looking DELICIOUS at least, right? 😉

  76. I have always wanted to try a recipe with spaghetti squash it looks so delicious, but I have never given it a try! This looks like a good recipe to start with.
    What’s your favorite zoo animal? Bears, but usually the lions are more interesting.
    Anchovies: yay or nay? Big YAY!
    What random fact, off the top of your head, do you know about a specific food (i.e. capers are high in quercetin, a natural antihistamine)? Grapefruit reduces your cholesterol.

  77. Ha, those outfits are great! Looks like you guys had a fun time!

  78. Your posts are always funny :) And this pasta seriously looks DELICIOUS !!

  79. Wow this pasta dish looks so yummy! I always like your posts and really enjoyed the YouTube video at the end.

  80. Yummy! this just made me very hungry

  81. Yum. This sounds delicious. I love spaghetti squash. Can’t wait to see Zoolander 2!

  82. I love any movie create by Ben Stiller. He is hilar.

  83. Haven’t seen Zoolander 2 yet, but I just introduced my husband to the first movie last night. He’s a pop culture geek and had never seen it! *Gasp*

  84. It looks a perfect meal for me. I love anchovies!

  85. That pasta look delish, I should try it! xoxo


  86. I’m glad you liked the movie!

  87. You didn’t like it?? I really wanted to see it! Especially if there is a scene where Justin Bieber dies… haha

    • It was…. INTERESTING. Ha! I think the best part was when JB dies actually, and I am a total JB fan! lol – don’t hold it against me!

  88. That pasta dish looks delicious! I have been waiting to watch Zoolander for some time now. Hopefully soon.

  89. I’m going to give this a try. I have a squash in the fridge right now. 😊

  90. Love it, started a diet today so needed to read this. Made me laugh too as always. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  91. I love anchovies, they’re great with pasta. Thanks for linking up to #showandtell this week x

  92. Hi GiGi,
    I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious (Not A) Fashion Faux Pa-sta… Puttanesca with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!

  93. I LOVE puttanesca and can’t wait to try this recipe. I love artichokes but not anchovies…kinda like I love Owen Wilson but not as much of a Ben Stiller fan. I will let you know when I try it. xoxo

    • Ha! Funny about the food and actor comparison! Hey, each to their own, right? 😉 Let me know your thoughts on the movie and/or sauce when you try!

  94. I haven’t decided if I’m seeing Zoolander yet…although I do like Ben Stiller. He’s the cutest. <3

  95. This looks fabulous and SOOO beautiful too! Yum! I love Ben Stiller and thought the first Zoolander was hilarious, so I need to go see the new one!!

  96. Hi GiGi,
    So healthy and delicious! With ingredients like these who can resist this vegan dish! Puttanesca was always my favorite pasta dish so I am so glad you shared your lighter Faux Pasta Puttanesca recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing!

  97. DUDE. Benedict Cumberbatch was in the movie! Now I got to go see it!

  98. LOL so funny! That recipe looks awesome though! Love Puttanesca flavors. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Savoring Saturdays linky party. I’m super late commenting this weekend, so sorry. Hope you’ll join us again.

    • Puttanesca is just… Ugh, SO GOOD :) And don’t you worry about being “late” – at least you came over to say hi! That means the world to me!

  99. Love spaghetti squash and your puttanesca looks looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this. :)

  100. Yum! I love finding new recipes with spaghetti squash!

  101. Hi GiGi,
    So good! Thank you for sharing your healthy and delicious (Not A) Fashion Faux Pa-sta… Puttanesca
    recipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m Pinning and sharing.

  102. That sounds great! Want to try it!