Warming Pasta


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This is truly one of my absolute favourite pasta recipes, it’s super quick and simple to make and has a comforting kick to it.

It is also gluten free and vegan so perfect for those who are free-from and looking for a healthy pasta sauce.

You honestly can’t beat a homemade pasta sauce made from scratch.

Trust me this recipe will make you never want to buy a jarred pasta sauce again!

It’s THE perfect dish for an autumn or winter evening for the whole family to enjoy!

Warming Free-From Pasta

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Warming Free-From Pasta

gluten free, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, free-from
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dairy free, Dinner, gluten free, homemade pasta sauce, pasta, Plant-based, vegan, veganuary
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 1 portion


  • 150 grams of brown rice pasta/spaghetti (I use Doves Farm)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 10-12 plum tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1/4 small bag baby spinach leaves
  • small handful fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Place the pasta in boiling water and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the olive oil, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper into a pan on medium heat until the garlic is bubbling.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and allow these to cook for 3-5 minutes until they have browned off a little and softened.
  • Next add the chilli flakes, paprika, tomato puree, miso paste and pinch of salt and pepper and stir these until mixed together at which point add in the spinach and half the basil leaves allowing them to wilt down.
  • Once the pasta is cooked lightly drain and add straight into the pan.
  • Now stir in the lemon juice and its ready to serve, finish by adding the left over fresh basil leaves.


This dish can be made hotter just by adding more chilli flakes and paprika, its also great with grilled chicken on top or mixed in.

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pasta front view


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  1. Hey Sharon,

    Thanks for the comment!

    Yes you have to try this pasta dish out, it’s so delicious and by far my favourite at the moment! Drop me a comment when you have tried it to let me know what you think.

    Enjoy 🙂

  2. i think that we should add the miso paste at the end to get the perfect benefit of it ..

    love your recipes.

    nada from bahrain

  3. Hi James thanks for the great recipes I love them! I live in South Africa and can’t find miso paste anywhere, can I leave it out or can you suggest something similar to substitute it with?

  4. Hey Chelsea,

    Thank you for your support on my recipes 🙂

    As for miso, that’s very frustrating! Are you not able to order it online either? To be honest it really makes this sauce “powerful” with real depth of flavour. I have done a little searching online for ideas on what you can use instead of miso paste and it says tahini and add salt! I haven’t tried it but maybe that is something you can try? (That’s if you can actually get tahini in SA?)

    Sorry I couldn’t help much more!


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