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August, 2012

10Aug 12

Pasta with Tomato and Greens sauce

Sometimes its hard to think of a healthy meal that’s quick to make. I’ve made this pasta sauce for years,  it comes together very quickly and chances are you will probably have most of the ingredients at home already so it makes a good midweek meal when you just want to have dinner quickly when you get home from work. For a more special meal, jazz it up a little by adding some chicken or prawns or serve with garlic bread and salad. By ” greens” I mean any green leafy vegetable. The day I photographed this I used beet greens (yes you can eat them!) but Ive also used kale, the leaves that we do call greens, or the dark green cabbage called Cavalo Nero. I add a pinch of sugar to the sauce as canned tomatoes are a little acidic

For a delicious seafood pasta try this Chilli Crab Spaghetti.

Pasta with Tomato and Greens sauce
Recipe type: Main course
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Serves: 2
Quick pasta sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (I use organic but to each their own!)
  • Few sprigs of basil leaves, chopped (or 2 tsp of dried)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Large handful of green vegetable leaves of your choice chopped
  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add the red pepper, fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the onion and fry until the peppers and onion have softened but don't let them brown too much.
  4. Add the garlic, stir through quickly.
  5. Turn down the heat to low and add the tomatoes, stir in.
  6. Add the sugar, basil, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  7. Add the chopped greens.
  8. Simmer on a low heat for around 10 minutes or until the greens are cooked to your liking.
  9. Add to the pasta of your choice.


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