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Penne with Chili Tomatoes and Spinach


2 tsp olive oil

1/2 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp dried chili flakes (crushed red pepper)

200g wholemeal penne pasta

400g can chopped tomato

100ml red wine

1/2 tsp dried oregano

125g spinach leaves


Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and gently fry the onion, garlic and chili flakes, stirring regularly, for 5 mins (add a little water if they begin to stick). Cook pasta following pack instructions. Add the tomatoes, wine and oregano to the frying pan and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins. Shake the spinach into the pan and cook for 1-2 mins until wilted. Tip pasta into the pan with the sauce.Toss to combine and serve.

Sarahn’s Tip: SPINACH, SPINACH, SPINACH! I'm learning this lesson time and time again. Even when you think there's too much spinach, add a little more!

Sarahn’s Twist: For a tangy twist, to complement the chili flakes and garlic seasoning, I seasoned the pasta with lemon pepper and a little bit of lemon juice. Try it, and feel your taste buds come alive!

This recipe also called for parmesan cheese, but I decided to skip out on it and play around with the seasoning instead.

Sarahn’s Taste: I'm not a huge fan of wheat pasta. It has a chewy texture that I'm not crazy about. Some people like the taste and it is definitely a healthy alternative. But don't hesitate to substitute in regular penne if wheat is not your thing. #sarahnsays


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