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Top Tagliatelle With  Zucchini,  Spinach and Olives
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Top Tagliatelle With Zucchini, Spinach and Olives

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

I am a real pasta-fiend and one of my favourite types is tagliatelle. It lends itself easily to a lot of different sauces, and is great for whipping up fairly quick impromptu dishes. Here is one I created recently, with a sauce of zucchini, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes, and some whole olives and red pepper for a Mediterranean touch. I used tomato paste, which comes ready made in a jar, but you can also use whole sun-dried tomatoes, and mash them up by hand, or in a blender, to form a paste. I used green olives, which are my favourite, but you could also try black ones, which may give a slightly different flavour.  It could be a nice variation, so I may use black ones next time!  This dish doesn’t take long to cook and tastes delicious, so do try it!

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

8oz/200g tagliatelle (dry weight)

2-3 tablespoons of sun-dried tomato paste

2 tbsp of green olives

Handful of spinach leaves

1 medium courgette (zucchini), sliced into discs

1 red pepper, sliced into thick slivers or chunks

1-2 tbsp of olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste



1) Cook the tagliatelle in boiling, salted water until al dente. (i.e. still slightly chewy).

2) Whilst the tagliatelle is cooking, lightly sauté the courgette and red pepper in the olive oil, until softened. Turn down heat, and keep warm.

3) Around 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time for the tagliatelle, add the spinach leaves, until just wilted.

4) Add the sun-dried tomato paste, the olives and the seasoning to the courgette and pepper, and cook for 1-2 minutes on a low heat until warmed through.

5) Drain the tagliatelle and spinach, and add the sauce to the pan, stirring through until the pasta is thoroughly coated.

6) Serve at once with grated vegan Parmesan if desired and crusty bread, garlic bread, etc.  Enjoy!



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  1. Blanca Verome
    Blanca Verome
    This recipe made me drool!
  2. Carolyn
    Hello Veganara! I have not been on the site in months. PFT Susan sent me an e-mail about her newest article on the common cold. I came over to read her article and to vote and noticed your article. Just wanted to say hi and you know that I like pasta! Voted!


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