Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs (gluten-free) | The Healthful Ideas

Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs (gluten-free)

September 22, 2016
Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs - 8 ingredients, ready in less than 30 minutes! We love this recipe. SO delicious, comforting, hearty, and perfect for fall! | thehealthfulideas.com

Comfort food.

Cozy clothes.


Colorful leaves.

Colder weather.

Yep, all those things are upon us and I’m pretty excited about it. I know that in spring, I kept talking about how much I love summer, sunny, days, and fresh food, and while that’s still totally true, fall holds a special place in my heart.

Speaking of things that hold a special place in my heart — pasta is definitely one of those. Duh.

If you’re craving even more pasta dishes, you can check out my other three pasta recipes I posted in the past: Brown Rice Pasta with Creamy Cilantro SauceRoasted Red Bell Pepper Pasta, and Tomato Spaghetti with Vegetables, Beans, and Pine Nuts.

Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs - 8 ingredients, ready in less than 30 minutes! We love this recipe. SO delicious, comforting, hearty, and perfect for fall! | thehealthfulideas.com

Okay, so here’s the thing.

I wrote an awesome post. Then, a few hours later, just when I was about to turn off my computer, I accidentally and without thinking saved an older draft with no text whatsoever. So there’s that. I was staring at my computer dumbfounded for a minute or two, then Googled if there’s a way to recover it — nope I ain’t gonna get that post back. Then the realization settled in and I got pretty upset about the whole thing — in other words, I really wanted to throw my computer out the window.

It’s funny because as I was writing the post, I was thinking back to this one podcast I had listened to about saving your work. They talked about writing a post in a word document first and then uploading it to WordPress. That way, if something goes wrong, you have it saved on your computer. But even with this advice in mind, I was like nahhhh that’s not necessary. Yeah, right. Facepalm.

The moral of the story is that you should always back up important stuff while you’re working on it because you never know what might happen to it. And I should really take my own advice here because this isn’t even the first time something like this happened to me.

That was probably more than enough whining for today so I’m gonna move on to talking about comforting pasta and being all comfy and cozy because after all, that’s why you’re.

Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs - 8 ingredients, ready in less than 30 minutes! We love this recipe. SO delicious, comforting, hearty, and perfect for fall! | thehealthfulideas.com

I don’t know what it is but September always feels like a new beginning, almost like the New Year except there’s no pressure to make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know if it’s because of the change of seasons or because it’s the start of a new school year but when September came around this year I suddenly felt a surge of inspiration and creative energy. It might have been also this new green superfood powder I’m currently trying out. Seriously! The stuff is literally bottled energy and mental focus, I’m not even kidding you guys.

Soooo since I’m getting my daily dose of greens in my morning smoothies, I can indulge in a big bowl of delicious pasta in the afternoon once in a while. It’s a win-win,really.

I know tomatoes are coming out of season right now so it’d have been more relevant to post this recipe during the summer months but for me, summer is the time to eat salads on top of salads on top of salads so it makes more sense to post this now. I actually haven’t had pasta for 4-5 months prior to this so it’s about time!

During summer I love my big salads, huge smoothies, and homemade ice cream. In fall, however, I’m all about ’em comforting, hearty, and filling meals. I already have so many delicious fall recipes planned for the blog for the upcoming weeks/months! Granted, I actually shot two salad recipes two days ago but I promise I do have fall appropriate food planned too. I just don’t seem to be able to give up my salads no matter what the season is. First world problems, right?

Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs - 8 ingredients, ready in less than 30 minutes! We love this recipe. SO delicious, comforting, hearty, and perfect for fall! | thehealthfulideas.com

What’s your favorite type of pasta? Mine is definitely spaghetti. I always enjoy the twirling of spaghetti on the fork. I can get excited just about anything. It’s the small things in life, righttt?

I know I called this recipe Fresh Tomato Pasta but if you don’t have fresh tomatoes on hand, you can totally use canned. Just make sure to buy BPA-free cans.

This meal is so easy to make, you gotta make it for dinner today or tomorrow. I know you want to. Well, at least I do. I’m getting hungry just by looking at the picture above. I should show this post to everyone who stares at me at work every day when I’m happily munching on my gigantic salad. People always ask me if I eat chocolate or anything other than salad. Like… yes??? All the time? Just because I’m plant-based/almost vegan doesn’t mean I don’t have fun with food. I just eat different things. I eat food that makes me happy, gives me energy and nutrients, and doesn’t shut me down.

Please let me know in the comments if you deal with this “so what do you eat/do you just eat salads?/where do you get your protein?” extravaganza on a daily basis like me. I’m actually taking my homemade chocolate energy bars (recipe is gonna be on the blog soon) to work tomorrow to show everyone that I actually eat sweets and chocolate. But hey, I’m happy to share. You never know, maybe one of them will feel inspired and starts incorporating healthy food into their diet one day. That’s what my aim is anyways — share the message and inspire others. (So deep, I know — it always is after midnight.)

I’m going to sleep now, finally *throws confetti*. Happy cooking, I hope you love the recipe.

Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs - 8 ingredients, ready in less than 30 minutes! We love this recipe. SO delicious, comforting, hearty, and perfect for fall! | thehealthfulideas.com

5.0 from 2 reviews
Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs
 
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Recipe type: Main Course
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (for cooking)
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes (about 6 medium tomatoes)
  • ¼ cup water
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 250g gluten-free brown rice pasta
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil (or sub 2 tsp dried)
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh oregano (or sub 2 tsp dried)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a big pot with the coconut oil over medium to high heat.
  2. When hot, add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the water and lower the heat to low-medium.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes start breaking down. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for 5-10 more minutes. Near the end, stir in the herbs.
  5. Take the sauce off the heat and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package instruction. When done, return to the pot it was cooking in, generously drizzle with olive oil to avoid the pasta to stick together. Add about 1 cup of the sauce to the pasta and toss to coat.
  7. Best enjoyed immediately with more sauce and fresh herbs on top.

Fresh Tomato Pasta with Herbs - 8 ingredients, ready in less than 30 minutes! We love this recipe. SO delicious, comforting, hearty, and perfect for fall! | thehealthfulideas.com


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16 Comments

  • Reply candy September 24, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Really great you used brown rice pasta and fresh tomatoes. Great looking dish, we would all enjoy.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 24, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks! I love brown rice pasta. :) I honestly can’t taste the difference between brown rice pasta and wheat pasta.

  • Reply Kare September 24, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I always write my posts on word and then transfer them over. It’s a habit of mine, but I guess there are some benefits I hadn’t even thought about. Sorry about your post!

    This pasta looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out. I could eat pasta all day so I will definitely be checking out some of those other recipes you linked to. Thanks!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 24, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Yeah. I definitely need to make that a habit too. And thanks! You definitely should try any of those, they’re all really tasty :)

  • Reply Jennifer September 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Yummy!!! This looks great, can’t wait to try it with garden tomatoes!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 24, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Yay!! Thank you, I hope you enjoy it! :)

  • Reply Lia September 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I’m actually just gonna make this for dinner, it’s gonna be so niceee! Thanks for sharing :)

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 27, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Yay! Hope you love it! :)

  • Reply Olivia September 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    This looks so yummy, definitely pinning it for later! Fall and cold weather always has me craving warm yummy foods like pastas. Bring on the comfort food!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

      I know, right? I’m all about comfort food in fall :)

  • Reply Inyene September 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Yummy, I need that delicious food now. My next lunch must have this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thanks! It’s so tasty, you’re gonna love it! :)

  • Reply Lizzie Bennett September 26, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Looks good! I’ve been looking for a sort of spaghetti twist. Can’t wait to try it!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas September 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thank you, Lizzie, I’m glad you like it :)

  • Reply Veronika May 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This is one of my favorite type of food, pasta with lots of tomatoes and herbs. However, I never tried brown rice pasta before… will definitely give it a try! great recipe!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas May 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

      You really should! Some people don’t like the flavor but in my opinion, it doesn’t taste that much different. :)

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