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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Spinach & Sundried Tomatoes Pasta

I love to eat pasta, but I am not a cheese person. So most of the times, I try to avoid as much cheese as possible, but my kids love cheese to the core. Today I made creamy, healthy, tangy and flavorful pasta without adding cheese, it was really a winner. The addition of milk made it creamy, the addition of spinach made it healthy, addition of sun dried tomatoes gave some tanginess and the rest of all the ingredients gave a boost to the whole dish. Do check out other delectable pasta varieties here...

Here’s how to make Spinach Pasta with sun dried tomatoes with step by step photos…

Ingredients

Pasta [fusilli or penne]
1 lb /450 gms
Onion
1 finely chopped
Garlic
2 cloves chopped
Sun dried tomatoes
1 cup
Spinach/Palak
2 cups/1 bunch [chopped]
Milk
1 ½ cup
Parmesan Cheese [optional]
1/3 cup
Salt
As needed
Black pepper powder
As needed
Red pepper flakes
¼ tsp [adjust to taste]
Oil
1 tbsp
 Preparation time: 5 -7 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Method

Soak the sun dried tomatoes in hot water for about 15 to 20 minutes. Squeeze the water and chop the tomatoes to small pieces.


Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.



Heat oil in a kadai, add chopped onions, garlic and saute until they are translucent.


Add the chopped sun dried tomatoes and saute for about 2-3 minutes in medium heat.


Now add the chopped spinach and saute well until it wilts down.


Add the milk or cream, salt, black pepper powder and let it come to boil. I used milk for the pasta to cut the calories.


Add the cooked pasta, red chilli flakes and let it cook for another 2 minutes.


Finally add the parmesan cheese and mix well. I skipped adding the cheese to make this pasta healthier.




Suggestions:
  • If the pasta absorbs all the milk, add more milk or cream and adjust the consistency.
  • Adjust the amount of black pepper powder, red chilli flakes and salt according to your need.
  • If sundried tomatoes are not available, then replace it with fresh tomatoes.
  • If you have some olive, chop, sprinkle on pasta and serve it hot.
  • Though I have not added cream and cheese, the pasta sauce was still creamy and delectable.
Other pasta varieties that might be of your interest...

Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta Bake
Vegetable Pasta - Indian Style
Spinach & Sundried Tomatoes Pasta
Pasta e Ceci/Pasta and Chickpeas
Garlic Herbs Pasta with Parmesan Cheese
Pizza and Pasta Sauce
Vegetable & Cheese Pizza

Thank you all for visiting my blog, please come back again for more healthy and delicious pasta varieties from my kitchen.

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31 comments:

  1. Pasta looks really yummy.....too good...

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  2. We make a very diffeent version if pasta with a lot if cheese which is so unhealthy, I need to try this
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  3. Yummy pasta and here sundroed ones are not available will try this soon aks

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  4. I love pasta. This recipe seems delicious and love that you have added sun dried tomatoes.

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  5. Love pasta and this one looks very healthy and delicious.

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  6. delicious akka.. :).. I never made pasta in proper way. Just used to make like noodles preparation.. will try your recipe next time...

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  7. Wow...... Looks super creamy pasta , yummy!!

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  8. me too...I am not into cheese ...so I am thinking this recipe would be a hit..will try it

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  9. I am a pasta fan. This version of pasta is really yummilicious!

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  10. Pasta looks very healthy with spinach and sun dried tomato...

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  11. Yummy and tasty pasta ..Love it dear :)

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  12. Sooo yummy pasta.......I bookmarked ......! Thanx for sharing :)

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  13. Pasta looks very yummy with less calories than regular ones..Def a well needed change to regular pasta.

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  14. addition of sundried tomatoes is the twist..will try

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  15. this looks really delicious...

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  16. Looks like a quick and yummy recipe!!

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  17. While pasta isn't one of my fav, I still love the preparation. Kids these days just enjoy pasta.

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  18. wow very delicious and yummy pasta priya :) looks very inviting !!

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  19. Very tempting colourful pasta, just cant resist..

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  20. Pasta looks very inviting.Happy to follow u.

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  21. Thanks a lot to each and every one of you for your lovely comments....

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