09 February 2011

Recipe: Napolitana Pasta with Rocket

I tried this recipe on Monday night and I must say that it is one of the best tomato-based pastas I've ever had... Yes it's that good!  It's a light, fresh pasta that would go great with garlic bread and a nice glass of red wine... needless to say I highly recommend it!

Serves: 2
Time: 20 minutes

  • 20 ml olive oil  (about 1 1/2 Tbs)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
  • 15ml tomato paste (1 Tbs)
  • 6 medium-sized tomotos (chopped)
  • 200ml white wine (about 1 cup)
  • 80g rocket leaves (if you can't find this use a handful of aurgula or any other fancy lettuce of you choice)
  • Parmesean cheese to serve
  • 250g pasta (fettucine or tagliatelle works best)
  • Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion until translucent.  Then add the garlic, tomato paste and tomatos.  Cook off some of the juice (I drained a little into the sink) before adding the wine.  Simmer for another 15 minutes and season to taste.
  • Meanwhile, put the pasta on to boil.  Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot.  Add the napolitana sauce in the rocket leaves (or whatever lettuce you're using).  Serve with parmesan cheese.

I am going to love and leave you now because my sweetheart of a boyfriend has been busy cooking a surprise meal for dinner since my birthday is tomorrow... so cute.

Lots of Love,


  1. First of all this looks delicious. Second, I am SO happy you stopped by my blog because I love yours and have 1,000 things to ask you! I'm going to Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia this summer to study the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. We're starting in the Hague and then moving East to study it. I'd LOVE to hear about your experiences there and what you were doing and any travel tips! So cool that you're living in South Africa! I've never been but I was in West Africa about a year and a half ago doing research. Oh and I haven't posted it yet but my field placement will be in Sri Lanka!

  2. Wow what a great experience to actually begin in the Hague and then move down to the former Yugoslavia... feel free to ask any questions :) I was surprised how much is still visible of the war while I was in Croatia... you will see the cutest little suburbs and villages and then in-between there will be piles of rubble and torn down houses... it's any extremely impacting experience. Thanks for following and can't wait to follow your travels!

  3. i just saw ur from South Africa? - i ALWAYS i mean ALWAYS wanted to visit there - it's on my 'life list'!!!! - and ummmm this recipie sounds DE-LISH! - i'm gonna add this to my lemon loaf to make - ur newest follower!!!!

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~


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