I was looking around the cupboards last night to see what I could rustle up for dinner.
I always like to try and use up what I have left lying around before going shopping, this helps to keep my kitchen removed of clutter and prevents me from wasting any food that may be lost by continually thinking what I may need to get from the shops.
So last night I saw that I had some tomato passata sauce left over from making a butternut squash and spinach pasta dish (recipe coming soon) a few days earlier. Along with some tagliatelle left over in the cupboards and some frozen vegetables, I thought why not make a homemade sauce to accompany the pasta.
Taking inspiration from The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier (link below), I saw he had created a great sun dried tomato marinara sauce to use as a pizza topping or dip that was very simple and quick to make. Furthermore, by making a home made sauce allows you to avoid all the nasties when buying a shop bought version. Pretty much all the shop bought recipes are full of oil and by being able to control that in your own sauce will help to lower your fat intake and keep you healthier in the long term.
So have a go at this simple and cheap pasta tagliatelle dish next time your in need of a healthy and quick dinner option.
Ingredients – Mariana sauce
- 1 cup of sun dried tomatoes
- 1 glove of garlic
- 1 cup of passata tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup of cucumber
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Tagliatelle – 4 bundles
- Handful of frozen runner bean and sweetcorn
Place all ingredients into a Nutribullet or blender and blend for 10-30 sec ( blend for less time if your want a chopper sauce).
Cook the pasta in boiling water for 5-10 minutes until tender and cooked through. I added a handful of some frozen runner beans and sweetcorn to the pasta too to save time.
Drain the pasta and the frozen vegetables and return to the pan.
Add the pasta sauce to the tagliatelle and heat through on a medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Serves with some dried thyme and enjoy.
I hope liked this recipe and enjoy it as much as I did. Please like, share and comment on your experiences making this dish!