Spicy Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

    25 min

    A lovely quick-to-make pasta dish with fresh and spicy flavours. If you don't have Cajun seasoning to hand, you can use a dash of your favourite hot sauce, or a sprinkling of chilli powder. Enjoy!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g packet vermicelli pasta
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 13 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
    • 60g grated mozzarella cheese
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. While the pasta water is boiling, in a large frying pan over medium heat, briefly saute garlic in oil. Stir in tomatoes and their juice and sprinkle with salt. When tomatoes are bubbly, mash slightly with a fork. Stir in parsley, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes more.
    3. Toss hot pasta with tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning, mozzarella and Parmesan.

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    This is delicious! I did use a big can (28 oz) of petite diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes, and angel hair instead of vermicelli. Also, since I was using canned tomatoes, I only sprinkled a little salt, instead of the 1 Tablespoon called for. I topped with sliced blackened chicken (recipe from this site), and my husband and son loved it...couldn't believe it was all low fat. The only change I would make in the future is to put in less pasta, and to use whole wheat pasta. I used 16 oz pasta.....would probably use 8-10 oz. instead next time. Delicious! Will definitely make again. By the way, the cajun seasoning I used was "Slap Ya Mama" from Ville Platte, Louisiana. I have found it here in the Gulf Coast of Texas, and saw it on vacation once in Destin, Florida (slapyamama.com). I like it because it's not as salty as some other popular brands of cajun seasoning.  -  17 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a fantastically fresh alternative to ordinary pasta sauce. I added some extra veggies (zucchini, spinach and mushrooms) and it made a tasty primavera. Bravo!  -  21 Mar 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is really great. I have made this recipe many many times! I am just finally getting around to reviewing it. My husband asks for this often. The fresh taste of tomatoes accented by the Cajun seasoning. Yum Yum. I always use Penne pasta. It just seems to go nicely with the sauce. (I actually don’t care too much for vermicelli pasta; I like to really taste and feel the texture of my noodles -and vermicelli lacks that for me.)  -  02 May 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)