Sunday, 19 June 2016

Vegetable Pasta with a Simple Tomato Sauce

Pasta is definitely one of my all-time favourite foods and I still can't believe there was a period in my life when I refused to eat it, as I now have it multiple times a week! You can create so many delicious meals with pasta, whether you're serving it with a simple tomato sauce or enjoying it with some dairy-free pesto. Pasta gets such a bad rep and is often seen as being the enemy of dieters and health nuts, but if you start off with a base of wholegrain pasta (whether it's wholewheat, brown rice or buckwheat), throw in some veggies and make a homemade sauce, then you'll actually end up with a tasty and nutritious meal! 

This vegetable pasta with a homemade tomato sauce is quick, cheap and easy to make and it's my go-to meal when I don't feel like cooking anything complicated. If you use wholewheat pasta you'll be getting a decent protein hit, but if you fancy bulking up this meal a little bit then you can mix in a can of lentils or beans before you serve it. If you miss having cheese on your pasta then nutritional yeast will do the trick - I add it to most of my savoury meals! 



Ingredients
Serves 2
  • 150g gluten-free or wholewheat pasta 
  • Mixed vegetables of your choice (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, peas, sweetcorn etc. - as many as you want!)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp Italian herb seasoning or dried basil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil or coconut oil


Method

Begin by making your sauce; first, heat a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil in a large saucepan on a medium temperature. Once the oil has heated up, add the chopped onion, crushed garlic, salt and herbs into the saucepan and sauté for 5 - 10 minutes, until the onion has browned. Pour the chopped tomatoes into the pan, mix everything together well and let the sauce simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, until it has thickened up.

While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to the packet's instructions (this usually takes 12 - 15 minutes) and steam your vegetables for 15 - 20 minutes, depending on how many you're cooking. If you don't have a steamer then you can just add the vegetables into the pan with your pasta and cook everything together - I do this when I'm feeling lazy!


Once the pasta is ready, drain it and add it to the pan with the sauce in. You can add the vegetables into the pan too and mix everything together or just serve them on the side. Divide into two bowls and enjoy! 


If you want to spice things up a little then you can add a sprinkle of chilli flakes to the sauce; you could also serve the pasta with chunks of avocado or a handful of cashew nuts to get some healthy fats into your meal! 

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7 comments

  1. Wow it looks so good!
    I love how simple it is! :)
    Izzy | https://plantbasedizzy.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you Izzy! Simple food is the best food :) xx

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  2. Yum! Thanks for sharing, Meghan! I find that adding a pinch of sweetener/sugar and salt also adds some depth, and the best way to make your sauce cling to your pasta and to give it a sort of 'umami'-ness is to reserve about 1/4-1/3 cup of the starchy pasta water, stirring it in before serving.

    You can never go wrong with a big old bowl of pasta and veg. :D Lots of love! x

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    1. Thank you Bethan! I usually add a pinch of salt to the sauce actually so thank you for reminding me of that haha - I'll add it to the post now! That's a fab tip, thank you so much - I'll definitely try adding the water from the pasta next time :) xx

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  3. Simple and yet delicious. Megs, you're the queen of amazing recipes. Oh and pictures as well of course!
    Lottie
    www.lottieslife.com

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    1. Thank you so much Lottie! I think you're the queen of amazing recipes and pictures though! xx

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