This delicious tasting Spinach and Cherry Tomato Pasta is a simple pasta recipe made with fresh ingredients that guarantee great flavors in every bite. This dish is ready only in 30 minutes so it makes a great dinner recipe idea.
The one thing I enjoy about most pasta recipes is how easy and quick they can be, and this recipe certainly falls into that category. Making this tomato spinach pasta is very easy and inexpensive – only a few ingredients are required, and most of them you probably already have at home.
Tomatoes are commonly found in many pasta recipes. Soups and sauces made from them have good flavor, and they also make a great sauce/sauce base. So in this easy pasta recipe, the cherry tomatoes are the star. Other accompanying ingredients are spinach, garlic, fresh basil leaves, pepper flakes, and olive oil. All of these combined together make this spinach and cherry tomato pasta dish to die for!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Pappardelle Pasta – the reason why I chose the pappardelle pasta for this recipe is because of the shape. I find that its ribbon-like nature makes it great for swirling in the sauce. That is the reason why spaghetti, linguini, or angel hair pasts will work just as well.
- Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes have a different taste from other tomatoes and that’s what makes this recipe. Therefore, I strongly suggest you don’t substitute it not to miss out on the sweet unique sweet taste.
- Cloves of Garlic – the use of garlic in this recipe to build flavor and aroma. The smell of garlic develops when fried.
- Olive Oil – an essential cooking oil when making pasta.
- Fresh Spinach – vegetables have a role they play in high carb dishes and the spinach is what brings some added nutrients into this dish. Use baby spinach or chop regular spinach leave into two or thirds.
- Red Pepper Flakes – this is a sweet-tasting dish due to the cherry tomatoes. Red pepper flakes add some heat into this dish. The amount used is entirely up to how hot you want the dish to taste.
- Fresh Basil Leaves – this is another aromatic added essentially for its flavors. Basil and tomatoes work great when paired together.
- Vegetable Bouillon Cube – bouillon cubes are basically dehydrated broth and stock made into cubes. They require being dissolved in order to use them.
- Salt and Black Pepper – to flavor dish
- Parmesan Cheese – grate on top of dish as an additional garish but totally optional.
How To Make Spinach and Cherry Tomato Pasta
- Put a medium pot of water on a boil. Add the bouillon cube and make sure it melts, add pasta, and cook following package directions.
- Cook the pasta while you heat up olive oil in a skillet and prepare your sauce by toasting the garlic for 30 seconds, then adding the cherry tomatoes and basil.
- Once the cherry tomatoes are sautéed, add the spinach. Gently stir the spinach till it wilts.
- Add 1/4 cup of the pasta water to the mix.
- Then add the pasta along with black pepper, red pepper flakes, and a little salt, and stir to combine. Check for salt, and add more if needed.
- Grated Parmesan cheese can be served with this dish if you want. It is completely optional.
Extra Recipe Notes and Tips
1. There are other kinds of pasta that will work just as well. In that list are linguini, spaghetti, angel-hair pasta, and farfalle (bow tie) though I used pappardelle for this recipe.
2. Feel free to add a few extra tablespoons of pasta cooking water if it seems a bit dry.
3. It is important to stir this pasta carefully so that the cherry tomatoes do not break down.
What To Serve With This Recipe
This is a carb-dense food so it is better to balance it with a side of salad. This spinach and cherry tomato dish pairs well with Greek salad or a simple garden salad.
How To Store and Reheat
Pasta does not keep well when frozen. When this has had a chance to cool down completely, store it in an air-tight container and place it in the fridge. Should be consumed within 5 days while fresh. To heat up, add pasta to the pot and set on low-medium heat, add a splash of water, and cover. Let the steam cook it till it softens back up.
Other Simple Pasta Recipes To Try
- 1lb Pappardelle Pasta, (Spaghetti or Linguini Pasta is a good substitute)
- 1 1/2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, cut into halves
- 3 Cloves of Garlic, sliced
- 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 cups Spinach, loosely packed
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
- 3 Basil Leaves, chopped
- 1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube
- 1 tsp. Salt
- Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the bouillon cube and stir until the cube melts. Add pasta to pot and cook according to directions on the package.
- While the pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a skillet and add the garlic. Fry the garlic for 30 seconds then add the cherry tomatoes and chopped basil.
- Sautee the cherry tomatoes for 1 minute, then add chopped spinach. Gently stir the spinach till they wilt down.
- Add 1/4 cup of the pasta water into the mix.
- Then add the cooked pasta along with black pepper, red pepper flakes and some salt then stir everything together. Check the pasta for salt and add a more if needed.
- Serve with grated parmesan cheese on top if you want. Totally optional.
1. Several other pastas will work just as well, including linguini, penne, and farfalle (bow tie). I used pappardelle for this recipe.
2. If your pasta seems a little dry, add a few more tablespoons of pasta water.
3. Stirring this pasta requires the greatest amount of care so that the cherry tomatoes do not completely break down.
4. Extra flavoring can be achieved by shaving Parmesan Reggiano on top of warm plated pasta.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 812mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
Please note that nutritional information is not always accurate.