Spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce

I can’t rave enough about how exceptionally tasty this Spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce really is. The difference of course is that you must make your own pasta sauce. Still super easy, only an extra 10 minutes for this recipe so don’t be afraid. The recipe is done in just 20 minutes.

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I promise, making your own tomato sauce is not as hard and time consuming as you think, or at least this tomato sauce recipe isn’t. This recipe is super easy and it takes just 10 minutes to make. The flavor of this sauce is superb and is what makes this spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce recipe top notch.

I have actually gotten this recipe from my best friend Carla. Like me, she loves to cook from scratch and feed her family real food. When I first met her 5 years ago we clicked instantly. So much we could talk about. She also handed me down this Caribbean chicken recipe that belonged to her mother in law’s house keeper while she lived in the Caribbean. The recipe is truly authentic and the taste is out of this world.

While my friend is not a trained chef she cooks exceptionally well. She has done several Italian culinary trips where she learned the tricks of what Italian food really entails. A trip I must do soon.

I have also gotten the garlic paste idea from her. This little trick has revolutionized my cooking. You see, because I use large amounts of garlic in my cooking, having garlic paste infuses the flavor into my other ingredients a lot better. It also saves me tons of time because instead of mincing the garlic each time I cook, I just take a tablespoon of the garlic paste, that I do and keep in the fridge ahead of time, and I am done. Making the garlic paste takes just 10 minutes and it tastes way superior than store brands. I shall post the recipe here soon!

I intend to do the same with ginger because I cook a lot of Asian food and ginger is like garlic is to Italian food.

Anyhow, I hope you get to make this spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce. The tomato sauce can be used for any other recipes you need tomato sauce in. You can also make it vegan if you like, just omit the grated cheese at the end and you are good to go.

Enjoy!

Spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce | Eat Good 4 Life

Spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce | Eat Good 4 Life

Spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce | Eat Good 4 Life

Spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce | Eat Good 4 Life

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Spinach pasta with homemade tomato sauce

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

Tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp garlic paste, or 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 large fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 dried peperoncino peppers, chopped or 1 tsp pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pecorino Romano cheese, or parmesan
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp celtic salt

Pasta

  • 10 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti

Directions:

In a large pasta pot, cook pasta according to package instructions.

While the pasta cooks, over medium heat, place the olive oil and peperoncino peppers in a large skillet. Cook for 1 minute until the oil is infused. Add the garlic paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant. Make sure you don't burnt the garlic.

Add the tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes or until they are fully cooked and soft. You may have to stir it once or twice. Add the salt, and pecorino Romano cheese. Mix through and blend with an immersion blender or any blender you may have.

Place sauce back in the skillet and add the chopped basil, cooked pasta and spinach. The spinach will wilt with the heat of the sauce and pasta. Mix through and serve.

NOTE: You can use gluten free pasta for a gluten free version and omit the cheese for a vegan version.


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14 comments

  1. I love buckwheat so much and Moroccan flavour is awesome! A perfect salad…at least for me.

  2. Moroccan is one of my favorites too! I love the dried fruits always used, from raisins, apricots, dates. Always such a lovely unexpected sweet chewy bite!

  3. I love Moroccan foods and flavours too! I definitely could use this recipe. Looks divine..

  4. I agree with you completely! Whenever it’s hot outside, I don’t want to even get near my stove. This salad looks like the perfect summer lunch. I can’t wait to give this a try :)

  5. This is a perfect meal! I love the flavor combos and all the amazing veggies.

  6. Love this dish! The combinations are spot on!

  7. Gorgeous!  Moroccan food is a personal favorite and I also loooove experimenting with a variety of grains.  Using buckwheat for this is awesome!

  8. Loving all the flavors in this! And the pictures are absolutely gorgeous.  Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! 

  9. I could live on salads like this!

  10. I’ve never used buckwheat! I need to give it a try because this looks seriously delish!

  11. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks delicious. I like that the recipe is not complicated and can easily stand in as a main dish or side. Keep up the good work! 

  12. This was very good and both my husband and I can eat everything in it with nothing to worry about!

  13. Made it a few times planned it for xmas lunch. But now that the shops are shut (grr) l remembered l forgot the spinach. guess its gunna be Cos Lettuce instead xx

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