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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Walker

Garlic Tomato Rotini

Most of my lunches consist of some type of leftover. I love incorporating old ingredients into new dishes. I always have leftover pasta or tomato sauce in my fridge. Today, I decided to make this pasta dish with onions, leftover pizza sauce, and dairy free cheese. This is the perfect dish for a quick 10 minute lunch because it is super easy to make in a short amount of time. I almost always have leftovers after cooking a dish for lunch; perfect for the next day's lunch! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!


Makes 2 servings.


2 cups cooked rotini pasta (I use Barilla because it is egg free)

1/2 cup pizza or marinara tomato sauce

1 yellow onion (sliced or chopped)

1 shallot (minced)

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

2 T olive oil

1 T dairy free butter (I use Earth Balance)

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

2 T chopped fresh parsley or basil

1 T pasta water

1/4 cup shredded dairy free cheese (I use Daiya Mozzarella Shreds)


Heat a pot of water with a pinch of salt on the stove until it boils. Add about half the box of pasta to the water (desired amount or to make 2 cups cooked pasta). Cook the pasta until it just turns soft (mine cooked for about 8-10 minutes). You can cook the pasta to your preferred consistency. Drain the pasta (make sure to keep some of the pasta water). Set aside.

In a medium-large pan, heat the onion, shallot, olive oil, and 1 T of the butter on medium heat. Cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add the garlic, tomato sauce, and 1 T of pasta water. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, add the smoked paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and oregano. Stir to combine. Add 2 cups of the cooked pasta into the pan. Turn the heat to low. Finally, stir in the shredded dairy free cheese, and the remaining T of dairy free butter. Keep the heat on for another minute to let the cheese melt. Serve hot or room temperature.

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