Pasta

  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Quorn Meatballs & Spaghetti

Ingredients

Meatballs: | 1 large white onion, chopped | 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed (optional) | 3 eggs, beaten | 350g pack Quorn Mince | Fry Light, for spraying | Sauce: | 142ml / 1/4 pt stock made with Vecon | 1 large red onion, finely chopped | 2 x 397g/14 oz cans chopped tomatoes | 1 tsp dried mixed herbs | salt & ground black pepper | 340g/12 oz dried spaghetti
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Pasta A'La Primavera

Ingredients

227g/8 oz dried pasta | 113g/4 oz mangetout, topped & tailed | 227g/8 oz asparagus spears, cut in half lengthways | 227g/8 oz carrots, cut into matchsticks | 113g/4 oz baby sweetcorn, halved lengthways | 1 red pepper, deseeded & cut into matchsticks | 8 spring onions, cut into 2" long pieces | 142g/5 oz very low fat natural cottage cheese | 142g/5 oz very low fat natural yogurt | juice & zest of 1 lemon | 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley | 1 tbsp freshly chopped chives | salt & ground black pepper
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Fast soup «Minestrone»

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of olive oil | 100 g of brisket or bacon (cut into bricks) | 1 tin (400 g) of preserved peeled tomatoes cut in pieces (flavored with basil preferably) | 5 glasses (1,2 L) of vegetable bouillon | 1 pack (225 g) of frozen vegetable mix | handful (50 g) of macaroni (break long ones) | 100 g of frozen kidney beans in pods | 1 tin (410 g) of red kidney beans (pour out juice) | 1 tablespoon of Pesto flavouring | Coarse grinded black pepper | Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Creamy Stuffed Conghiglie

Ingredients

20 dried giant pasta shells | 2 rashers lean bacon | 511g/1 lb 2 oz spinach, boiled, drained & chopped | 737g/1 lb 10 oz quark skimmed milk soft cheese | 1 tsp dried mixed herbs | salt & ground black pepper | 57g/2 oz mozzarella cheese, grated | Tomato Sauce: | Fry Light, for spraying | 1 medium onion, finely chopped | 1 clove garlic, crushed | 284ml / 1/2 pt passata
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Basil Spaghetti & Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

227g/8 oz dried spaghetti | 170g/6 oz red cherry tomatoes | 170g/6 oz yellow cherry tomatoes | 2 level tbsp very low fat natural Greek yogurt | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 4 spring onions, chopped | 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn | salt & ground black pepper | 1 tbsp olive oil

Arrabbiata Sauce 'n' Pasta

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 1 small onion, sliced thinly | 3 garlic cloves, crushed | pinch dried mixed herbs | 1 tsp dried chilli flakes | 454g/1 lb passata | salt & ground black pepper | 454g/1 lb dried pasta

Vegetable Chow Mein

Ingredients

227g/8 oz broccoli, chopped | 113g/4 oz mangetout, chopped | salt & ground black pepper | 227g/8 oz bean sprouts | 142g/5 oz dried egg noodles | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 red onion, chopped | 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce | 2 tbsp soy sauce | 227g/8 oz mushrooms, chopped | 3 carrots, finely chopped

Crispy noodles with mushrooms & ham

Ingredients

1.2 litres (2 pints) lightly salted boiling water | 375 g (12 oz) chow mein noodles (thin Chinese egg noodles) | 50 g (2 oz) butter | 2 tablespoons sunflower oil | 250 g (8 oz) oyster mushrooms | 250 g (8 oz) cooked ham, shredded | 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped
  • Complexity: very easy

Lemon & Herb Pasta

Ingredients

113g/4 oz dried pasta shapes | pinch of salt | 3 tbsp very low fat natural fromage frais | ground black pepper | celery salt | 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind | 1 tbsp lemon juice | 2 spring onions, finely chopped | 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil | 1 tbsp freshly chopped chives

Green Pasta Salad

Ingredients

57g/2 oz dried pasta shapes | 1 bunch watercress, chopped | 1 Little Gem lettuce, chopped | 6 cherry tomatoes, halved | 3" piece cucumber, diced | 6 radishes, sliced | 2 spring onions, sliced | 1/2 green pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1/2 red pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1/2 yellow pepper, deseeded & chopped | 1/2 level tbsp reduced-calorie mayonnaise | 113g/4 oz tuna canned in brine, drained | 1 stick celery, chopped | 85g/3 oz canned sweetcorn

Farfalle with mushrooms

Ingredients

250-300 g (8-10 oz) farfalle (pasta bows) | 25 g (1 oz) butter | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 500 g (2 lb) button or small closed cup mushrooms | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 50 g (2 oz) can anchovies in oil, drained and roughly chopped | 6 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley | 300 ml (1/2 pint) soured cream | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Complexity: advanced
  • Origin: Italian

Mushroom lasagne

Ingredients

1 large onion, chopped | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 250g (8 oz) closed cup mushrooms, sliced | 1 tablespoon plain flour | 1 tablespoon lemon juice | 600 ml (1 pint) natural yogurt | 75 g (3 oz) chopped walnuts | 125 g (4 oz) lean ham, in julienne strips | 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley | 150 g (5 oz) no pre-cook wholemeal lasagne | 175 g (6 oz) Wensleydale cheese, grated | 6 tablespoons fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Time: 12 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Chinese

Stir-fried mushrooms and noodles

Ingredients

227 g/8 oz dried egg noodles (44 Sins on Original) 1 teaspoon oil (2 Sins) | 1 bunch spring onions, diagonally chopped | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 x 2.5 cm/1 in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped | 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped | 113 g/4 oz button mushrooms, quartered | 170 g/6 oz bean shoots | 2 level tablespoons oyster sauce (1 Sin) | 1 tablespoon soy sauce | 1 teaspoon oil (2 Sins)

Stir-fries are so quick and easy to cook when you haven't a lot of time. You can even prepare the vegetables in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until needed.

Pasta with tuna and butter bean sauce

Ingredients

340 g/12 oz dried pasta (60 Sins on Original) | 2 tablespoons chopped parsley or herbs of your choice (21 Sins on Original) | For the tuna sauce: | 1 large onion, finely chopped | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 284 ml / 1/2 pint chicken stock made with Bovril | 1 x 397g/14oz can chopped tomatoes | 1 x 397g/14oz can butter beans or haricot beans, drained | 227 g/8 oz canned tuna in brine, drained (12 Sins on Green) | salt and freshly ground black pepper

This sauce is a great store cupboard standby for those occasions when you haven't had time to shop and need to whisk up a slimming, healthy meal from a few standard ingredients — perfect if you are on the Green Eating Plan.

Pasta shapes with cottage cheese

Ingredients

340 g/12 oz dried pasta shapes (60 Sins on Original) | 1 level tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard (1 1/2 Sins) | 340 g/12 oz very low fat natural cottage cheese | salt and freshly ground black pepper | 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or tarragon

This may sound a bizarre combination but, in fact, the marriage of hot pasta and chilled cottage cheese works very well. Try it and see for yourself! It is a particularly quick and easy recipe.

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