Creamy tomato and chilli pasta

This delicious dinner is ready in minutes and combines juicy tomatoes, spinach, and fiery chilli, with tagliatelle pasta and a creamy sauce.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Preparation

1. In a frying pan, heat the oil over a low heat. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomatoes and spinach; season. Cover the pan, turn the heat to high, and cook for 7-9 minutes, until the spinach has defrosted. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling water following packet instructions. Drain, reserving 150ml (1/4pt) of cooking water.

2. Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the cream cheese. Add the pasta to the pan with a splash of cooking water; this will give you a glossy sauce.

3. Toss the pasta with the sauce, adding the reserved water to loosen it. Season to taste and serve with a green salad on the side, if you like.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 large red chilli, sliced (and deseeded for a milder version)
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 250g (8oz) frozen leaf spinach
  • 300g tagliatelle
  • 100g cream cheese
  • green salad and garlic bread (optional)

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 large red chilli, sliced (and deseeded for a milder version)
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 250g (8oz) frozen leaf spinach
  • 300g tagliatelle
  • 100g cream cheese
  • green salad and garlic bread (optional)

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Preparation

1. In a frying pan, heat the oil over a low heat. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomatoes and spinach; season. Cover the pan, turn the heat to high, and cook for 7-9 minutes, until the spinach has defrosted. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling water following packet instructions. Drain, reserving 150ml (1/4pt) of cooking water.

2. Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the cream cheese. Add the pasta to the pan with a splash of cooking water; this will give you a glossy sauce.

3. Toss the pasta with the sauce, adding the reserved water to loosen it. Season to taste and serve with a green salad on the side, if you like.