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Fast & Tasty Tomato Pasta with Olives & Baby Spinach Recipe

Fast & Tasty Tomato Vegan Pasta With Olives & Baby Spinach Recipe

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You don’t have to succumb to grabbing an unhealthy takeaway when you have a few quick recipes up your sleeve to call on when you get home from work. You can have a restaurant-quality dinner on the table in 20 minutes.

Serves: 4




  • 250 grams wholemeal or gluten-free spaghetti (dry weight)
  • 8 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes (not in oil)
  • 1 tbsp vegan vegetable stock powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 20 Kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp sambal oelek (less or omit for less heat)
  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast, to serve (optional)
  1. Place a pan of water on a high heat and once boiling, add the spaghetti.
  2. Into a high-powered blender, add the tomatoes, onion, garlic and sundried tomatoes, then blend to a purée.
  3. Heat a large frying pan on a high heat. Pour the purée into the hot frying pan and stir. If you need to add more water, use some of the cooking water from the pasta.
  4. Add the vegan stock powder and stir. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer.
  5. Add the coconut sugar, Italian herbs, capers, olives and sambal oelek and stir.
  6. Add the spinach and stir through.
  7. Drain the spaghetti and add it to the pan, stir through.
  8. Serve in a bowl with nutritional yeast sprinkled over the top (optional).


Adam Guthrie

Adam is a vegan whose passion for food began with a life-threatening illness and continues today in a lifestyle built around healthy cooking and eating. Adam is a qualified chef and wellness coach who specialises in a wholefood, plant-based diet. Adam shares how to prepare delicious, healthy food for health, energy and vitality. He conducts online healthy eating and wellness programs and gives keynote talks, live cooking demonstrations and cooking classes on the subject of healthy eating and living well.