Simple 15 Minute Garlic Pasta Recipe
Vegan friendly and easy to make, this 15 minute garlic pasta recipe is perfect for mid week cooking. If you just have a few key ingredients you can create this at home. You will need garlic, tomatoes, pasta and tenderstem and seasoning to make this.
What’s in the recipe?
Garlic- I’ve opted for about 3 large cloves, or if you’re using a much smaller garlic bulb go for around 4-5. The aim is to have a beautiful garlic flavour so don’t be afraid to go heavy!
Pasta- I chose rigatone pasta for this recipe as I love the way the filling seeps into the tube and gives a pop of flavour with every bite. You can use any pasta you have to hand, this will work!
Tomatoes- I find fresh tomatoes work a lot better with this recipe. It’s pretty versatile for whichever kind of tomatoes you have but I love using smaller tomatoes such as cherry, piccolino or roma.
Seasoning- I’ve used marjoram, parsley and thyme for this recipe. Marjoram has a gorgeous spice to it, perfect in recipes such as this. It’s not as strong as chilli but gives a slight punch. If you don’t have marjoram substitute for 1/2 tsp oregano.
Tips and Tricks
Pasta Water- Save some of the pasta water, usually a good ladle full (between 100-200ml) to mix in with the tomatoes. It’ll help create a delicious silky smooth texture to coat all of the pasta.
Season heavily- The trick to good pasta is heavily seasoning the pot of boiling water, seasoning whilst cooking and just before serving. Pasta also loves cracked black pepper so be generous with that too!
Thicker sauce? If you like loads of sauce to your pasta, double up the tomatoes to 600g.
15 Minute Easy Garlic Pasta
Vegan friendly and easy to make, this 15 minute garlic pasta recipe is perfect for mid week cooking. If you just have a few key ingredients in the house, give this plant based recipe a try. Full of flavour with 10 main ingredients, it's perfect for batch cooking
- 130 g pasta
- 3 large cloves garlic
- 7 Tenderstem
- 300 g tomatoes
- 2 tsp tomato purée
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp marjoram
- 1 tsp Parsley
- 1 tsp thyme
- 100 ml pasta water
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
- 1 tbsp pine nuts optional
Start by frying the chopped garlic cloves in olive oil for 2 mins
Add the roughly chopped tomatoes and seasoning and leave to fry
Meanwhile whack a seasoned pot of water on to boil and add the dried pasta, after about 8 mins add the roughly chopped Tenderstem
Mash the tomatoes into the garlic and add the tomato purée, mix together
Once the pasta is aldente, drain (leaving a good ladle full of pasta water) and add to the pan of tomatoes and garlic
Stir together, taste and season generously with salt & pepper again
Top with nutritional yeast and pine nuts if you’re feeling fancy, otherwise ENJOY!
Easy Roasted Pepper Pasta Recipe
Perfect for batch cooking, this roasted pepper and garlic pasta dish can be doubled up in portions or frozen. The sauce can be whipped up and popped into freezer bags for evenings where you’re not sure what to cook. Simply heat until creamy and smooth and stir in with cooked pasta. Delicious!
Let’s Get Into The Recipe
Garlic- I’ve kept the skins on for this recipe as it helps prevent the garlic cloves from burning in the pan when roasting. You can peel them off before adding to the blender but it works just as well with the skin kept on.
Peppers- I’ve used bell peppers for this recipe however it will also work for romano peppers.
Dried Herbs- I’ve used a mix of dried basil, thyme, rosemary and sage as these work beautifully together. It can be adapted to what you have in your cupboards but just remember you want around 2 tbsp of herbs to make sure the flavour comes through.
Vegan Mozzarella- This isn’t an essential ingredient but if you want a cheesy pasta, add a good handful (around 80g) to make this the ultimate comfort food. If you’re a nutritional yeast lover, simply swap the mozzarella for around 1tbsp of nutritional yeast instead.
Vegan Creme Fraiche- I used a vegan creme fraiche (oatly) however you can use vegan single cream. Note it’ll be a little thinner in texture. You can always thicken it by adding a handful of cashew nuts.
Salt & Pepper- Don’t forget to season generously with salt and pepper. Pasta loves nothing more than these two ingredients so don’t scrimp! I season the water to boil the pasta as well as the veg before roasting, and then another pinch to the sauce for good measure.
Roasted Pepper & Garlic Pasta
Easy and delicious roasted pepper and garlic pasta dish. Just a few key ingredients to make this, and perfect for batch cooking. The sauce can be made in advance and frozen for evenings where you can't be bothered to cook.
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 red onion
- 3 cloves garlic skin on
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 125 ml plant based milk
- 150 ml vegan creme fraiche sub for vegan single cream *will be thinner in texture
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Large pinch salt & pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil to add to the blender
- Handful of vegan mozzarella optional
- 5-6 Tendetstem
Roughly chop the peppers and quarter the onion, add to a tray with 1 tbsp olive oil, the dried herbs and garlic cloves to roast for 40-45 mins at 180°C
Add approx 200g dried pasta (enough to serve 4) to a pot of boiling water, and cook until al dente. Add the tenderstem to a steaming rack above the pasta, or simply add to the pot with the boiling pasta for the last 5 minutes of cooking
Once the veg is cooked, add to a blender along with the oat milk, creme fraiche, olive oil, salt and pepper and blitz until smooth
Drain the pasta (saving a bit of water) then mix together with the pasta sauce, on a low heat, adding in the mozzarella (optional ingredient). taste test adding a little more dried basil if needed
Add the tenderstem on top, sprinkle another pinch of salt and black pepper over the top and enjoy!
Swap vegan cheese for 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
If you want this extra thick, sub the plant based milk for 125ml of more vegan single cream
You can use fresh pasta, just follow the cooking instructions as it'll need less time boiling