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Gnocchi with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes & chilli

Gnocchi with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Chilli and Tenderstem

This recipe is so easy to make, just a few key ingredients and ideal for batch cooking for lunch and dinner. The gnocchi can be homemade or shop bought, a pack of tomatoes, some garlic, herbs and tenderstem and you’re winning! I’ve used chilli oil to give this a slight kick but you can swap for harissa paste, or just chilli flakes and olive oil.

Let’s get into the recipe

Gnocchi-Shop bought, home made, either will work. It only takes a few minutes to cook so don’t leave it in the pot for ages!

Vine Tomatoes- You can use vine tomatoes, cherry, plum, you name it, whatever you have in the fridge will work! I love the way vine tomatoes are a little sweeter and the way they roast in the oven.

Tenderstem- You can use tenderstem, broccoli, green beans or even massaged kale (just remember to only add to the oven for 2-3 minutes if using kale)

Chilli Oil- If you haven’t discovered chilli crisp oil, get some! I used Pippy Eats chilli crisp oil which is fantastic but you can either make your own or find it in most Asian supermarkets / online stores

Dried Herbs- you need to season the tinned tomatoes, I’ve used a mixture of sage, marjoram, oregano and garlic with fresh basil on top


slow roasted tomatoes and tenderstem

Cooking Tips and Swaps

Swap chilli oil-  If you don’t have chilli oil, swap for harissa (I have a simple homemade recipe here) or if you don’t have that, just add 1 tsp of chilli flakes and 1/2 tsp cumin to the tomato sauce with an extra kick of garlic, either add 1 extra clove or 1/2 tsp dried garlic

Swap gnocchi- If you don’t have gnocchi you can swap this for pasta, just add an extra 250ml water to the top, add the pasta, pop on a lid and leave to simmer for 15 minutes until soft


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gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes & chilli

Gnocchi with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Easy gnocchi recipe, less than 30 minutes, made with slow roasted tomatoes and tenderstem. Vegan recipe which is incredibly easy to make and perfect for after work.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 g vine tomatoes with a pinch of salt
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes fill the empty tin 1/2 full with water and add
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Marjoram swap for thyme
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil I used Pippy Eats, swap for 1 tbsp harissa
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 250 g gnocchi
  • 5-6 tenderstem can use green beans, broccoli, kale or even spinach

Instructions
 

  • Whack the oven up to 200ºC, add the vine tomatoes with a bit of olive oil in a roasting dish, season with salt and pop in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Finely chop the red onion, add to a deep frying pan with a glug of olive oil and fry for around 4 minutes, add the tinned tomatoes along with all of the, garlic, herbs and fresh basil and chilli oil
  • Fill up the empty tin of tomatoes 1/2 full with water and add to the pot, stir and simmer for for 10 minutes, add in 1 tsp of chilli oil (or harissa) then add the gnocchi for the final 5 minutes of cooking
  • Once the tomatoes are bursting, add the tenderstem, coat in either 1tsp of olive oil or chilli oil and pop back in the oven for 5-6 minutes
  • Bring everything together by plating up, season with salt & pepper and enjoy

Notes

  • Pippy Eats chilli crisp oil is best for this, however if you don't have chilli oil, please swap for 1 tsp chilli flakes or even 1 tbsp harissa
  • I drizzled chilli oil (or harissa) over the tomatoes and tenderstem for the final 5 minutes of roasting in the oven

If you like this recipe why not try my vegan meatball pasta bake

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Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Roasted Pepper & Garlic Pasta

roasted pepper and garlic pasta

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 and garlic pasta

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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.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

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
 

If you like this recipe why not try my 15 Minute Tomato & Herb Pasta

15 minute tomato pasta vegan

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

15 Minute Tomato & Herb Pasta

15 minute tomato pasta vegan

Easiest Vegan Tomato Pasta Recipe

This recipe is perfect for batch cooking for lunch time, made in less than 20 minutes and vegan friendly. It’s so simple, you can adapt it to fit whatever veggies you have in your fridge but the main ingredients are tinned tomatoes, pasta, garlic and oregano.

Ingredients Breakdown

Tinned Tomatoes – Using tinned tomatoes helps keep this recipe simple, cheap and easy to make all year round. You can swap for fresh tomatoes if you’re lucky enough to have around 500g and they’re in season.

Garlic- I’ve used 3-4 cloves in this recipe however depending on how strong you like it, feel free to add another for a really punchy dish.

Oregano, Basil & Thyme- These dried herbs are always knocking around in my cupboard, ready for soups and pasta dishes like this. I’ve used the same measurement of oregano to bail with a pinch of thyme.


vegan tomato pasta recipe


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15 minute tomato pasta vegan

15 Minute Tomato Pasta

For those nights where you're in a hurry, don't have many ingredients in and just need some comfort food. Perfect for batch cooking for those lunch boxes too. You can swap the veggies to suit whatever you have in your cupboards / fridge.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • ⁣1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 small broccoli head
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes
  • large portions of pasta to serve 2
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 cup of pasta water added at the end
  • 100 g spinach

Instructions
 

  • Pop the kettle on, pour the boiling water into a pot then add the pasta to boil straight away
  • ⁣Fry off the chopped onion for a 3-4 minutes before adding the chopped garlic, courgette and broccoli
  • ⁣After another 3-4 minutes of frying add the tinned tomatoes and season with the basil, oregano and sage
  • ⁣Once it's bubbled for a further 2 minutes, add a cup full of the pasta water and add to the pan and keep on a high heat until the pasta is ready
  • ⁣Drain the rest of the pasta, throw it in the pan with the tomato sauce, add the spinach, give it a stir & season generously with salt and pepper
  • ⁣Top with breadcrumbs or vegan Parmesan if you’re feeling fancy!

If you like this recipe why not try my Cheesy Pasta Recipe

vegan cheesy pasta recipe