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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

3 simple pasta dishes

Spaghetti bolognese, carbonara, macaroni cheese, and even pasta and pesto can get boring (can't believe I just said that!) so I have come up with 3 really easy pasta meals that taste delicious. They may not be the lowest in fat but they are still fairly nutritious with chicken or tuna, and a variety of different veg. Give them a try - they will not disappoint!

1. Chicken and bacon pasta with garlic and herb cream cheese
This is so delicious, I had this tonight and the flavour is amazing from the smoked bacon and garlic. It was really filling as well and contains a variety of different vegetables. 

Serves 2
- olive oil
- 1 chicken breast, sliced
- 3 rashers of smoked bacon, chopped
- 175g pasta
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- handful of mushrooms, sliced
- green beans, cut in half
- 1/3 200g pack of garlic and herb Philadelphia cream cheese
- handful of fresh spinach leaves
- sprinkling of cheddar cheese

1. Fry the chicken breast in olive oil until browned, add the bacon and stir for a few minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
3. Add the garlic and onion to the bacon and chicken - cook until softened, then add the mushrooms.
4. Add the green beans to the pasta water about 5 minutes till the end of cooking time. Then drain and add to the chicken and bacon pan.
5. Stir in the garlic and herb cream cheese until all coated, and serve on a bed of fresh spinach leaves (or stir them in if you prefer them more wilted) with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. Voila!

2. Cheesy, tuna pasta
This was a really thrown together meal when I couldn't decide what to have. I had some leftover tuna and mayo that I had in a sandwich the previous day and decided to have this with pasta. This was such a delicious meal but fairly naughty with butter and lots of cheese. Thinking about it, I should have added peas or sweetcorn, or both, to make it a bit more exciting and nutritious. I really love tuna and mushrooms together but for those of you who don't like mushrooms, you don't have to add them!

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Serves 1
- 100g pasta
- olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- handful of mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 tin of tuna mixed with little bit of mayo
- knob of butter
- big handful of cheddar, grated

1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
2. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil and fry the garlic and mushrooms until softened.
3. Stir in the tuna and mayo. Drain the pasta and add to the pan.
4. Stir in the butter and cheese and serve!

3. Creamy pesto pasta
The basis for this recipe came off the campbells condensed, creamy chicken soup tin! It is just a more interesting way to enjoy pesto, since it's really creamy and comforting. I decided to add peas and onion as well, and I used turkey instead of chicken.

Serves 2
- 175g pasta
- 1 chicken/turkey breast, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tin of campbells condensed cream of chicken soup
- 120ml milk
- 1/2 jar of green pesto
- peas
- cheddar cheese, grated

1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
2. Fry the chicken and onion in some olive oil then add the soup and milk, stirring. Bring to the boil then simmer.
3. Add the peas to the pasta about 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
4. Stir the pesto in with the chicken and soup mix and simmer for around 5 minutes.
5. Drain the pasta and peas and add to the sauce, stirring until all mixed together.
6. Serve with grated cheese on top!

Enjoy :)

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