Creamy Spicy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Pasta is one of my absolute favourite things to eat, and when I made this one, I knew I had to share.
It’s pretty much making a quick white sauce, then blending it with sun dried tomatoes which brings a burst a flavour! Adding chilli flakes gives it some heat, so you add up with a very tasty creamy and spicy sun dried tomato sauce.

Pasta is one of my absolute favourite things to eat, and when I made this one, I knew I had to share.  It’s pretty much making a quick white sauce, then blending it with sun dried tomatoes which brings a burst a flavour! Adding chilli flakes gives it some heat, so you add up with a very tasty creamy and spicy sun dried tomato sauce.


INGREDIENTS
  • 250g uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 to 5 garlic gloves, minced (2 tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornflour*
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 + 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (jarred in oil, with garlic and herbs included), drained from any oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 to 3 big handfuls of rocket or baby spinach

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook your pasta according to the package instructions, but leave the pasta just slightly undercooked. Set aside.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil into a large frying pan over medium to high heat. When hot, add garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Mix in cornflour and cook for a further minute. Add 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 cup of almond milk, making sure that the mixture is smooth besides the garlic. When it has thickened, add the remaining cup of almond milk. When it has thickened slightly (it will thicken further when blended), pour this into a blender.
  3. Add 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, nutritional yeast and 1/3 cup water to the blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Rinse out the frying pan and heat up 1/2 tsp of oil. Cut the remaining sun dried tomatoes to be roughly 2cm pieces. Add this along with the onion to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes. Add chilli flakes and dried oregano and cook for a further minute. If it sticks to the frying pan, add a splash of water.