Easy Tomato Spinach Pasta (25 Min, Vegetarian)

Easy Tomato Spinach Pasta. Ready in just 25 minutes and super delicious. It contains high amounts of vitamins C and B6, iron and manganese. | hurrythefoodup.com

If you’ve been following our blog for a while now then you’ll know we make videos for each of our recipes (Our Channel). Howie is the star of the show, but I recently decided he needed a little help.

So after a lot of hard work behind the scenes I managed to persuade an extremely special guest to come and give us a few pointers…so without any further ado – here’s what Gordon Ramsay had to say about our latest video! Check it out below!

Health Benefits – Tomato Spinach Pastatomato spinach pasta nutrition facts | hurrythefoodup.com

This one pretty much writes itself – just check out that nutrition card! It contains more than a day’s vitamin A GDA, and ridiculously high amounts of vitamins C and B6, iron and manganese.

Put all that together and what do you have? All the essentials to stimulate white blood cell growth (A), neutralise free radicals and improve skin and bone conditions (C), control blood sugar levels (M) and lower heart disease (B). That’s one hell of a meal.

 

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Easy Tomato Spinach Pasta

A simple but delicious dish that requires bugger all washing up! It's also an easy way to get all that healthy spinach into your system. Vegetarian and ready in 25 mins.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 581 kcal
Author Hurry The Food Up

Ingredients

  • 2 cups penne pasta (2 cups = 200 g)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 small tomatoes (4 fresh tomatoes = 1 can of diced tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3-4 tbsp greek yogurt (or cream cheese, if you want to be naughty)
  • 1 big handful fresh spinach (1 big handful = 200g, frozen spinach works too)
  • ¼ cup grated hard cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. While the water is heating, dice the onion, grate or chop the garlic, and chop the tomatoes (if not using a can).

  2. Add the pasta when the water is boiling (add salt and a small amount of oil for taste).

  3. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the onion and garlic, cook for 5 minutes or until translucent.

  4. Add the tomatoes. Note: if you use fresh tomatoes, the sauce will get a little runny. Only if you let it stand for a day will you get this creamy texture we're looking for.

  5. Add the spinach.

  6. Add the oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

  7. Add the tomato paste and the greek yogurt. Stir until both are dissolved into the sauce.

  8. Now add the hard cheese.

  9. Drain and add the pasta. Lower the heat to a simmer.

  10. Stir occasionally for 1 minute. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.

  11. Dinner is ready!

Recipe Notes

Remember - always taste test! If it's bland or boring...add more salt, pepper, basil...try it and see 🙂

Inspired by Budget Bytes - Thanks Beth!

23 comments

  1. Pasta is my comfort food par excellence. I wouldn’t be able to pour one tablespoon of olive oil only, I ready need to control myself when it comes to oil! I like the idea of adding Greek yogurt, I only recently add it to my tomato sauce and I was really pleased of the final result. Yum!

    • You are completely right, just 1 tbsp of olive oil is definitely calculated too tight! Actually using more of it shouldn’t do you any harm at all. I heard that some women in the mediterranean areas actually drink 2 or 3 tablespoons of pure olive oil per day for their health. Not sure how true the story is though 😉
      I played around with it a lot in order to find a healthier option than cream cheese that still tastes good. Greek yogurt is my favorite “substitute” so far:-)

  2. This is probably the best looking pasta I have seen.. words cannot describe how badly I am craving a bowl to devour right now. Love how simply and quick the recipe is to, definitely will be recreating it!

  3. Wow this pasta looks delicious! Love the addition of spinach in there, I bet kale would be great as well.

  4. Just made this tonight and it was DEEEEE-Lish! 🙂 Super easy and fast and good for you. This will become a classic for me Im sure, thank you very much 🙂

  5. I added olives, simply because I love olives! 🙂 Great recipe… A delicious and simple weekday meal. Thanks!!

  6. This is a great recipe – so tasty and quick. I love pasta beyond all measure, and this one is going to be staple from now on. I didn’t have dried basil, so I added a cube of frozen pesto instead. By George, I think it worked!

  7. Tomato pasta is one of my favorite; I love tomato pasta of my mom’s hand. She is very expert in cooking. I will tell her to cook this recipe for me.

  8. Why do the ingredients say 3 tbsp of olive oil but the actual instructions say 1 tbsp? Which is it? I’m in the process of making it now 🙂

    • Hi there, Katie! Deffo the three tbsp! Will update it right now. Thanks for catching the mistake.
      Had the recipe yesterday as well. Excellent way to get some spinach in 😀
      Also, if you like the dish now, then you’ll like the leftovers tomorrow even more!

  9. Wowwww this was quick yet amazinggggg! Thanks so much !!

  10. Elizabeth Ratliff

    Super excited to cook this tonight and eat as I sit down to watch Game Of Thrones! Excellent recipe, hope it’s as good as it looks!

    • Niceee GoT is awesome 😀
      I’m fan of the Hound, my favorite anti hero at the moment.
      Woahh, I’m as excited as you are now, I hope you like the dish!! *fingerscrossed*

  11. Good damn, never made pasta in my life before. Made it, ate it to my hearts content.

  12. This recipe is great. I was scrambling for what to make for dinner and I didn’t have all the ingredients, but it still turned out well. I had to skip the onions, use cream cheese instead of greek yogurt, and cherry tomatoes instead of a can of tomatoes.

    It turned out well, however, the instructions could have been written better to help the cooking process:
    1. While the water is heating, dice the onion, prepare the garlic (as desired), and chop the tomatoes (if not using a can).
    2. Add the pasta when the water is boiling (and salt to taste & a small amount of oil).
    3. Once the ingredients are prepared, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    4. Add the onion and garlic, cook for 5 minutes or until translucent. Stirring occasionally.
    5. Add the tomatoes.
    6. Add the fresh spinach. (It cooks better if you put it in before the sauce).
    7. Add the oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
    8. Add the tomato paste and the greek yogurt. Stir until both are dissolved into the sauce.
    11. Now add the parmesan.
    12. Drain the pasta.
    13. Lower the heat of the skillet to a simmer and add the pasta.
    14. Stir occasionally for 1 minute. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.
    15. Dinner is ready!

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