Creamy Tomato Pasta

creamy pasta

Well hello again. Life is busy in my household with 4 littlies now – little Tessa is almost 3mths old and she’s gorgeous even if exhausting. So finding quick and easy recipes is what I’ve been doing and I made this one up last night and thought I’d share it because we thought it was tasty and super easy.

Ingredients
Pasta of your choice – we used thin spaghetti. Enough for your family
1 tbsp olive oil (or oil of choice)
2 small garlic cloves (or 1 regular/large), crushed
1 270ml can Coconut Cream (I used regular but you could use light. I use Ayam brand because it doesn’t have additives)
2 Tbsp or 1 sachet Tomato Paste
Water
Salt to taste (I think I added ~1/2 tsp)
Parsley, finely chopped (I added about 1 Tbsp but would have added more had my little plant been bigger!)
1/2 head of broccoli florets, chopped smaller
Pepper
Extra option for those who can – Parmesan cheese finely grated

Method
Start cooking your pasta to al dente in a large saucepan.
In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil and garlic until sizzling and cook for about a minute.
Add tomato paste and coconut cream and stir until well combined. Add water using the coconut cream can (I added about 100ml) if you think you would like it a bit thinner. Add parsley and stir in.
Taste your sauce and add salt until it tastes balanced (I’m going all Masterchef on you!)
When your pasta is almost done, add the broccoli florets. When everything is cooked, drain pasta/broccoli and return to the saucepan. Pour over sauce and mix in. Serve into bowls and add pepper to taste and sprinkle with parmesan if you can or nutritional yeast flakes if you can’t.

Notes – I made the sauce an hour or so before the pasta and it was easy to reheat. You could potentially make it a lot earlier and put it in the fridge until you need it. I reckon you could add finely chopped fresh spinach or even finely grated zucchini to it. You could use fresh asparagus or snow peas instead of broccoli too. It was nice as leftovers too. Not suitable to freeze.

Verdict:
3 thumbs up (from the adults and toddler)
1 ‘I don’t really like it’ but ate it
1 ‘I don’t like it’ and didn’t eat much but I went to two birthday parties this afternoon so my verdict isn’t useful because I am already full of cake and sugar….

3 thoughts on “Creamy Tomato Pasta

  1. Hi Libby, Congratulations and praise God on the arrival of little Tessa! I had no idea you were expecting again. Did I miss it or were you quiet about it on here? Does that make girl, boy, girl, girl? A great and emotionally exhausting combination if I’m right!

    Recipe looks great. I’m always a fan of simple too.

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