Pasta with chilli tomatoes & spinach

Pasta with chilli tomatoes & spinach

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(29 ratings)

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
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, 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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AmandaAy's picture
31st Mar, 2020
I made this today for lunch and added extra spinach - it was delicious! It went down really well with the family and I’ll definitely making it again.
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Bharat Satyajit
20th Mar, 2020
the pasta recipe really made good also added some cookme masala that increased the test
3rd Dec, 2017
I cooked this once following the recipe exactly, although it wasn't too bad it tasted as though it was missing something. I cooked it a second time, adding some mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes which I thought made it taste better. I would happily make it again with those additions.
11th Nov, 2017
Made this last night but after reading comments about being bland, I made a couple of changes. I left out the chilli because my guests don't like chilli but I added a generous amount of Italian herbs. I also added a large dollop of tomato puree, the double concentrate sort, lots of salt and black pepper and swirled it into regular spaghetti, then grated plenty of cheddar over the top. It was absolutely delish and I will be making this regularly. I will probably add mushrooms next time, to give something to bite into but it was great without. Meateaters could probably add some browned chicken strips.
8th Nov, 2017
This is really quick and simple. Its not the most exciting dish in the world but is perfect for a last minute supper and tastes much better than any pasta sauce you can buy in a shop
10th Jan, 2015
Very, very bland. I even added extra chilli, extra herbs, extra garlic. Skip this one and find another recipe.
27th Sep, 2014
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!
5th Jan, 2013
Not as spicy as expected, but still very nice!
Frantic Flapjack
23rd May, 2012
Bit disappointed with this one. I expected better depth of flavour but the end result was quite bland.
30th Mar, 2012
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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