Pasta with chilli tomatoes & spinach

Pasta with chilli tomatoes & spinach

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
A low-fat supper of tasty tomato sauce and penne - wilt down a whole bag of spinach for extra nutrients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal524
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre13g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 2 tsp olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 200g wholemeal penne pasta
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 100ml red wine
  • ½ tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 125g bag young spinach leaves



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 25g Parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and gently fry the onion, garlic and chilli flakes, stirring regularly, for 5 mins (add a little water if they begin to stick).

  2. Cook pasta following pack instructions. Add the tomatoes, wine and oregano to the frying pan and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins.

  3. Shake the spinach into the pan and cook for 1-2 mins until wilted. Drain the pasta and tip into the pan with the sauce. Toss to combine, sprinkle with cheese and serve.

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Comments (5)

MichaeltheGreat's picture

Very, very bland. I even added extra chilli, extra herbs, extra garlic. Skip this one and find another recipe.

a_blokes_view's picture

Easy to rustle up - all you need is to pick up a bag of spinach from the shop. Ten mins prep and 10-15 mins to put together. Tastes like an hour longer went into it! To boost the flavour (after the other comments) I was generous with the wine and oregano. I didn't have chilli flakes so added large lugs (until it tasted right) of hot pizza oil I make in a regular basis. That's best olive oil heated with chopped garlic, cayenne dried peppers and rosemary. No Parmesan so mixed half of grated mature cheese/pizza mozzarella into the pan at the end and sprinkles the rest over the top. Trust me - marvelous!

lilitd's picture

Not as spicy as expected, but still very nice!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Bit disappointed with this one. I expected better depth of flavour but the end result was quite bland.

hannahsplatter's picture

I didn't have oregano so used an Italian herb mix I had, nice kick with the chilli flakes but could have done with slightly deeper flavours. Recommend as a nice healthy recipe though!

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