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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Pasta with tomatoes

A very easy and simple recipe - PASTA with fresh tomato sauce.
Does your pasta fill you up? We found the fresh pasta we were making actually filled us up for a lot longer than the dried pasta we've been using. That makes fresh pasta great for weight loss.
We wanted to know why we felt much fuller after eating our home made pasta. After a little research, we found the reason our fresh pasta was so filling is because our fresh pasta is made with EGG which provides more protein. Some things are simple once you know!
We now realise some dried pasta is made with semolina flour and water and no egg. So the next time you're buying dried pasta, take a look at the ingredients. I'll be looking out for dried pasta with egg! Last time we made this delicious (and VERY easy tomato sauce) we used this spicy recipe. But today, we opted for something even more simple.... fresh egg pasta and fresh tomatoes.
Here's our pasta and tomato sauce recipe (making use of our glut of home grown tomatoes) you will be amazed at how low in calories this actually is:

TOMATO SAUCE (for pasta)
Ingredients (serves two)
Clove garlic (crushed)
Four whole tomatoes - chopped
Teaspoon olive oil
If you want spicy... a pinch of chilli flakes
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If you have no fresh tomatoes - you could use passata or a can of chopped tomatoes.

Place the oil in a frying pan.

Add the crushed garlic and cook on a low heat for one minute. Do not let it burn or it will be bitter.

Add the chopped tomatoes. Stir. Cook for 5 - 7 minutes.

Make use of the water in which you have cooked the pasta, if you think you need to add more liquid to the tomatoes.

Add any COOKED PASTA to the hot tomato sauce.
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So simple - why bother buying a pre-cooked supermarket version?  This recipe is so low in calories too and I can't understand why people shun pasta when trying to lose weight. Oh, and it's much quicker than driving to the shop! We would estimate this dish at around 350 calories - brilliant for weight loss.

REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - do you know yours?
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