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Pasta in a Flash

Pasta is one of those amazing store cupboard ingredients that can be transformed into a beautiful masterpiece. Every cuisine around the world has their take using local and traditional ingredients to make this versatile dish.

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I love PASTA because :

  1. Relatively cheap.
  2. Bulk can be bought and store in the freezer.
  3. It is versatile and can be made according to your tastes.
  4. Is a popular dish for both young and old.
  5. Quick to cook.

Pasta can be used in a variety of ways :

  1. Hot and cold salads.
  2. Main meals
  3. Soups.
  4. Side dish

During the Easter break after a very full and busy day, I needed to cook a very quick and filling dish for the family for dinner.Pasta is always a winner and does not require a mass of ingredients or time to make. I decided on a quick dish and with a few ingredients. Was it a crowd pleaser indeed it was.
I tend to either make this dish served with a Bechamel Sauce ( white sauce) or a traditional Red Sauce made with tomatoes. As the weather was warm I opted for a lighter dish using a red sauce.
Pasta in a Flash Spice Goddess
500g uncooked pasta
1 large onion sliced thinly
1 tin chopped tomatoes or 8 fresh tomatoes chopped
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
8 cloves of garlic
2 Tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon sugar
200g grated cheese
coriander to garnish
salt and pepper to taste

  1. To a pot of boiling salted water add you uncooked pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.Once cooked drain and wait for the red sauce to cook.
  2. In a large pot ,add oil brown onions before adding tomatoes and the remaining ingredients except the cheese and coriander.
  3. Allow the tomato mixture to reduce and the flavours to infuse. After 12 minutes toss the cooked Pasta into the red sauce.
  4. Mix well.Sprinkle the grated cheese over turn off the heat and garnish with chopped coriander.


  1. Shredded chicken fillet can be added.
  2. Frozen mix vegetables.

What do you add to your Pasta dishes?
Be Inspired !
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