The family that eats together, stays together.
Mornings are always crazy at our house as it’s a running race. It’s all about making breakfast, packing snack and lunch boxes, and getting kids ready for school. Lunchtime is little relaxed but most of the times its not together. Kids eat at school and we eat at home or office. We make it a point to at least have one meal of the day together and it’s mostly dinner.
Sometimes, kids want a change from regular food and I look out for ideas for a meal that is both healthy and easy to make. My go-to recipe, in this case, is pasta. Pasta is healthy nutritionally and quick and easy to make.
The best part is that this is one of those dishes which we all love. I make different varieties of pasta but my kids and husband’s favourite is red sauce pasta. I try to use whole wheat pasta and everything is healthy about this dish. In my Nutrition niche series, I shared red sauce pasta recipe a few days back. Check it here.
Coming to the recipe of red sauce pasta with spinach, it is similar to normal red sauce pasta with one healthy twist. Most of the recipes which I shared till now had a healthy twist to it. The healthy twist is our magic ingredient spinach. Spinach is rich in iron, fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, C and K. It is low in calories. It’s recommended to cook it before eating as raw spinach has oxalic acid which interferes with the absorption of the nutrients.
Red sauce pasta with spinach is a yummy, healthy and easy recipe which your kids are surely going to love. I add spinach to many recipes to increase the nutrition quotient and the best part is that you can just hide it in dishes if your kids are finicky.
- 250 gm penne pasta
- 1small onion
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 diced tomatoes
- 2 tomatoes (paste)
- 1 tsp tomato ketchup/
- ¼cup grated cheese
- 200 gm fresh spinach
- Chilli flakes (optional)
- ½tsp dried oregano
- Salt to taste
- Boil pasta in 4-5 cups of water and when done, drain it in cold water and keep aside.
- While pasta is cooking, chop the onions, tomatoes and mince the garlic.
- Take a pan and cook onion and garlic over medium heat until softened and transparent.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, and tomato sauce. Add little water. Cook it for 5-10 minutes.
- Now add oregano, red chili flakes, salt, to the pan with the onions and garlic. Mix it properly.
- Add the fresh and chopped spinach and gently mix it into the sauce until its cooked.
- Add the pasta and stir until it is well coated in the sauce. Top it up with grated cheese.
- Serve hot with garlic bread.
You can add other vegetables like corns, zucchini, and mushrooms etc.
Instead of using fresh tomatoes, you can use homemade pasta tomato sauce or even get from outside.
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April 20, 2018 at 9:46 am
Red Sauce Pasta is healthy and delicious. I love the idea of adding Spinach to it, upping the nutritional content! Will try this recipe the next time I make Pasta, Deepa. Thanks for sharing.
April 20, 2018 at 9:50 am
April 20, 2018 at 10:49 am
I’ve made red pasta with fresh basil leaves. Spinach is an interesting twist. This can make a great tiffin recipe too.
April 20, 2018 at 11:51 am
Varsh..fresh basil leaves in this recipe taste great too. Try with spinach too next time. Thanks.
April 20, 2018 at 11:26 am
Can I make the same recipe with white sauce Deepa? Cos I really dont like red sauce
April 20, 2018 at 12:24 pm
Akshata ..white sauce recipe is different. I posted a few days back. See this post – https://kreativemommy.com/white-sauce-pasta-nutrition-tips/
April 20, 2018 at 12:25 pm
April 20, 2018 at 2:14 pm
This is a good way of eating spinach Deepa, will keep in mind.
April 20, 2018 at 5:06 pm
April 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm
Pastas are my go to dish as well dear, making it tmrw for brunch and am surely adding spinach.
April 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm
Gud recipe!! Deepa does spinach gets cooked properly in 2-3 mins or more. Pl. Let me know
April 20, 2018 at 5:08 pm
Yes Milan, I add chopped spinach and it gets wilted in few minutes once added to the tomato sauce. Thanks.
April 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm
Oh we had Red sauce pasta yesterday in supper, and it was loved by all. Though the sauce was from the bottle 😉 will try make my own pasta sauce with this recipe and it seems easy peasy. Thanks again Deepa for a wonderful recipe.
April 20, 2018 at 8:02 pm
Sometimes I also make red sauce pasta using bottled sauce when in hurry. But Homemade is equally good. Do try Dipika. Thanks.
April 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm
This looks like a lovely recipe 🙂
Will check it out.
April 20, 2018 at 8:09 pm
Pasta is something that is easy and I do keep trying either in white or red sauce. Never added spinach though but i guess i can do that maybe next week.
April 21, 2018 at 6:54 am
I usually add red, yellow pepper, broccoli, mushroom and baby corn while making pasta with red sauce. Time now to try a green variant as suggested by you.
April 21, 2018 at 8:16 am
Red pasta sauce with Spinach not only gives a healthy twist to the dish but also makes it colorful. At home we have never tried spinach, though we do add basil leaves to the pasta. Thanks for yet another fab recipe, Deepa!
April 21, 2018 at 10:59 am
I have no idea why I don’t like Pasta. I have a packet lying in my cupboard and was wondering what to do with it. Thanks for the recipe, Deepa. I am going to make this one 🙂
April 22, 2018 at 11:57 am
Looks like an interesting recipe, although I would leave out the ketchup because I don’t like condiments. I do like a nice red sauce every now and then.