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Fresh Pappardelle with Spinach and Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 servings


  • olive oil
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 bunch spinach chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • chili paste to taste, optional
  • 12 grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 sheets fresh pasta 6 inch x 6 inch
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Prep all the ingredients and bring a pot of water seasoned with a little salt to boil.
  • Heat a medium sized fry or sauté pan (nonstick is preferable) over medium heat until hot. Add a drizzle of olive oil and when hot but not smoking, add the slice shallot and cook for one minute. Stir continuously so the shallot doesn't burn.
  • Add the chopped garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add the chopped spinach and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the spinach wilts.
  • Add the tomato paste and as much chili paste or Srirach chili sauce as you like, to taste. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the halved tomatoes and ½cup of water.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook for another 3 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Be sure to keep stirring so nothing burns.

Cook the Pasta

  • Fresh pasta cooks quickly and this pappardelle will only take around 3 minutes to cook so time it properly with vegetables.
  • Reserve a ½ cup of pasta water for the sauce if needed and drain the pasta.

Finishing the Dish & Plating

  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan of of cooked vegetables.
  • Add about half the reserved pasta water to the pan to thin out the sauce. Let this all cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes while stirring to coat all the fresh pasta with sauce. If the sauce is still too thick, add a little more pasta water but don't make it too thin.
  • Turn off the heat and add the creme fraiche. Stir to combine, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Plate the pasta, vegetables and sauce and top with a little grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.