Steam the Spaghetti Squash, if using. If using the bean pasta cook according to the package directions, about 6-8 minutes. Strain and rinse under cold water.
Meanwhile, add the tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and soaking water to a pot. Let come to a boil, then simmer on low 15 minutes.
Transfer the cooked tomatoes to a high speed blender (careful, it's hot!) and add in the fresh herbs. Puree to a smooth, thick consistency. You can use a food mill to strain out the seeds from the sauce if you like, then toss sauce and pasta together and serve. Serves 3-4.
If you have leftover Spaghetti Squash on hand, this recipe can be a cinch to make. Simply toss the sauce with the "noodles" and serve. You can also warm up the "noodles" first, if you like :)
If you prefer to make a no-cook sauce, by all means go ahead: simply puree the tomatoes with the soaked sundried tomatoes and soak water, add in the herbs and puree. Done!
A food mill, FYI, is a nifty gadget that removes pesky seeds from the sauce, also great for making baby food and removing seeds when making jams. I likey, you might likey too! :)
If you're into grain-free options, black bean pasta is a really nice change of scene. Black beans are the ONLY ingredient in the pasta. There are other bean pastas out there, just check the ingredients as sometimes rice flour is added.
Last tidbit: if you're wondering how much fresh herbs to use, the tongue will tell! 8-12 leaves of each is fine (or a few sprigs), but you may want more of one herb over another. No need to use them all either (but you can if you want to). 6-8 leaves of Basil, 6-8 leaves of Sage and 3-4 TBsp of Oregano leaves makes a nice combination. You can also use just 1 herb, such as 12 (or more) leaves of Basil and it will turn out fine. Experiment and see what works for you :)
Final tidbit: Garlic- and Onion-free! But you can toss some in for a bit of heat if you prefer.
As always, Enjoy :)
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